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Manchester United fans flood Juan Mata's Twitter after Community Shield

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When Jose Mourinho first became manager of Manchester United, few players would have been more concerned for their future than Juan Mata.

The diminutive Spaniard famously fell out with the Special One during their time together at Chelsea, leading to his £36million move to Old Trafford in 2014.

There was an assumption that a similar set of events would unfold this summer but Mourinho instead quelled speculation by insisting every player would get a chance to impress, except, it appears, Bastian Schweinsteiger.

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So Mata had reason to be hopeful, especially after he was introduced from the bench with 27 minutes remaining in the Community Shield tie against Leicester. But things turned sour when his number was once again raised on the fourth official's board in injury time.

Mata, the substitute, was being substituted for Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The cameras panned to him and Mourinho talking about the decision and the playmaker could not have looked more incredulous if he had tried. Mata was clearly unhappy.

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Uncertain future

It has since become the biggest storyline to emerge from the game with Manchester United fans seemingly convinced their once record signing is leaving them this month. Indeed, some of those followers have flooded Mata's Twitter with messages of support. 

Mata tweeted a photo of himself holding the oversized Community Shield and dedicated it to the supporters. But fans immediately turned the subject back on to his uncertain future. Take a look at the best reaction below. 

Twitter reaction

And some people were less friendly

Mourinho's excuse

With Leicester pushing hard for an equaliser, Mourinho said he used his final substitution to attempt to run down the clock.

Rules allow for six substitutions in the Community Shield and Mourinho had only used five. And as Manchester United were having to cope with a barrage of long balls into the box, Mourinho says Mata was simply not tall enough to get the job done.

He told reporters: “Mata is fine, he understands what I did. I couldn’t take Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] or [Marouane] Fellaini off because Leicester’s ‘Rory Delap’ throw-ins would win it.

"The rules allow six changes, I had made five and I wanted to stop the game. I need to take off the smallest player because we were expecting a lot of long balls. He is the smallest one.

"But I think he played very well. He gave me exactly what I needed. We want to win and everyone is happy in the end."


That laugh

Well, according to this video, we're willing to wager that Mata is far from "fine".

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