There is no doubt Juan Mata is still a magnificent and talented player, but he is not currently in great form. In the first three matches of the new Premier League season, Manchester United have scored just two goals.
Mata is in danger of becoming an outcast at Old Trafford, just like he was at Chelsea after the arrival of Mourinho. During the summer transfer window, new manager Louis van Gaal was very busy and completed some quality signings that included Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera.
It is surely not possible for Van Gaal to somehow include Mata, Van Persie, Rooney, Falcao and Di Maria all in the same lineup; and judging by the form that Mata has been in of late, it is very possible that he will be the one to be excluded from the starting XI.
The mata ommission
Mata emerged as a star on the world stage during his time at Valencia, where he was absolutely incredible as he scored 49 goals and provided a staggering amount of assists during his time at the Spanish side.
The classy playmaker's impressive form at Valencia lead to many Premier League clubs competing for the Spaniard's signature, though it was Chelsea who were successful in securing the midfielder, amid interest from Manchester City, United and Liverpool.
At just 26 years of age, Mata has endured a very successful career, both at international and club level; the Spanish star won the World Cup in 2010 and Euro 2012 with Spain during his international career and during his club career he has won the Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and the UEFA Europa league.
Deja vu for Mata?
Mata was also named Chelsea's player of the year two times, but that didn't count for much in the eyes of Jose Mourinho, when he returned to once again take the reigns as Blues manager.
In 2013, newly appointed United manger David Moyes signed Mata for a rather large fee of £37.1 million; and for a while it seemed that this was the turning point in Mata's career that would propel him back to his best form. But now, after a huge summer spending spree from United, it could be a case of deja vu for Mata as he may be forced out of the team.
All we can do is wait and see how the remainder of the season unfolds for him. Who knows, maybe the 26-year-old can rediscover his best form yet.