Manchester United are already taking steps to offload Spanish playmaker Juan Mata in the January transfer window, reports the Daily Star.
It's been suggested that the forward, who only joined the club from rivals Chelsea in January for £37.1 million, could be sold to Italian giants Juventus for £30 million in the winter transfer window.
Future in doubt
It appears, then, that Mata - who has started in all three of United's opening fixtures so far - could become surplus to requirements at the Theatre of Dreams. Manchester United have splashed the cash this past summer, and the Spaniard could struggle to keep his place in the side over the coming months.
The likes of Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera and Co. look set to battle Mata for a place in the starting XI, whilst Wayne Rooney may drop into the No.10 role following the arrival of Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao.
It remains to be seen, however, as to whether Serie A giants Juventus are ready to stump up United's £30m asking price, but it could prove a difficult season for the ex-Chelsea man.
The same report has suggested that United's Dutch boss will make big changes once again in January, as he continues to reshape the Red Devils' squad. Van Gaal could, then, further add to his squad, as well as letting players leave the club.
Mata, however, will be determined to prove his doubters wrong - starting this weekend. The Red Devils play host to Premier League strugglers QPR and will be desperate to claim the victory as Louis van Gaal goes in search of his first competitive win as Manchester United manager.
After failing to win their opening three Premier League matches, United are in need of a victory against Harry Redknapp's side. The likes of Falcao, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo could all be in line for a starting place, whilst Argentine star Angel di Maria could also feature at Old Trafford.
It certainly be interesting to see whether Mata's name is on Van Gaal's team sheet this weekend, as United look to get back to their best.
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