Juan Mata’s future at Manchester United is uncertain following the arrival of Jose Mourinho.
The Spaniard was named amongst the substitutes for Mourinho’s first match in charge of the Red Devils, against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, but came off the bench at the start of the second half and provided an assist three minutes later.
That Mata made the goal by pressing Wigan goalkeeper Jussi Jääskeläinen wouldn’t have gone unnoticed by Mourinho, who sold the left-footed playmaker while managing Chelsea in 2014 due to his lack of physicality, pace and willingness to help out defensively.
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But one suspects it will take more than an eye-catching display in a pre-season friendly against Championship opposition to impress Mourinho.
It’s understood that the Portuguese coach’s opinion of Mata hasn’t changed over the past two-and-a-half years and the player could still be sold before the transfer window closes this summer.
Video: Mata tells fan not to listen to media
Asked if he’s staying at Old Trafford by a supporter over the weekend, Mata didn’t give too much away - indicating even he doesn’t know what will happen - but told the fan not to take notice of the speculation.
“Don’t always listen to the media,” Mata told the supporter, per 101 Great Goals.
Asked again if he’s staying at United, the former Valencia and Chelsea star simply laughed.
Mata wants to stay in Manchester
Mata was linked with a move to Everton earlier this summer but the 28-year-old will be desperate to stay with the Red Devils.
Not only because he’s playing for one of the world’s best clubs, but also due to the fact he has several close friends in the United squad - namely Ander Herrera and David de Gea.
Moreover, Mata’s father recently opened a new tapas restaurant in Deansgate, in which the player has a stake.
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