Jose Mourinho explains why Juan Mata was sold to Man United

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For many Manchester United fans, the one slight fear they may have had once Jose Mourinho was officially appointed as manager concerned the future of Juan Mata.

Mata moved to Old Trafford after falling out of favour under Mourinho at Chelsea just two-and-a-half years ago and there was the suggestion a repeat scenario could be on the cards at United.

However, less than two months into his reign as Man United boss, Mourinho has made no effort sell the Spaniard and has now revealed further details regarding the circumstances of Mata's departure from Stamford Bridge in 2014.

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It was widely perceived that the Portuguese had pushed Mata out of his previous club after doubting the midfielder's capability to track back - a notion Mourinho was keen to put straight in his latest interview during United's pre-season tour of China.

As per Sky Sports, Mourinho said: "First of all, I think maybe all of you misunderstood what happened in our previous club because I never told Mata to leave. I never pressed the club to sell him.

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"It was his decision and only his decision, and I don't like players that want to leave.

"That's why I think every player has a price because if one day a player wants to leave it is because he does not want to be with us."

So it has become clearer that Mata was obviously frustrated by the lack of game time he was getting under Mourinho and therefore forced the move through himself.


He has since become a fan favourite at Old Trafford and although competition in Man United's midfield is looking fierce, the 28-year-old is expected to stay.

Mourinho added: "He knows that I know he is a good player and he has space in the squad.

"Until August 31 the market is open for every one of my players that is not happy, but to be fair I think he is [happy].

"I think he is happy and I am not expecting him to ask to leave. I am expecting him to do what he is doing now, which is to fight for a place."


Mata came on in the second half of Mourinho's first match in charge last weekend against Wigan, instantly setting up Will Keane for the game's opening goal.

More contributions like that could force the new boss to pick Mata once the season properly kicks off on August 14. For now though, the Spaniard must focus on the prospect of facing Borussia Dortmund - United's first opponents on their tour of China - on Friday.

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