There has been much speculation about the future of Juan Mata during the January transfer window, with Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Manchester United all linked with the Chelsea playmaker.
It is the latter who appear set to complete a deal having tabled a club record £37 million, but is the Spain international really the player the club need?
GMS Academy member Matthew Thoma thinks not, and here are three reasons why...
3) Manchester United need a box-to-box midfielder
The ‘old’ Manchester United has always had that strong and determined typical box-to-box midfielder. Instead of turning their intentions to Juan Mata, Moyes should set his sets on a player similar to Manchester City’s, Yaya Toure.
2) Already have Kagawa
We can all agree that Juan Mata is of a similar nature to Shinji Kagawa. Both are tricky and incredibly good dribblers of the ball. They also share the same traits in the fact that they both have the ability to unlock the defence and provide the cutting edge in any teams attack. Both players can score and assist. However if Kagawa can’t manage to make the Manchester United’s starting XI then will the Spanish international fit?
1). Stunt the growth of Januzaj
Adnan Januzaj has stamped his mark on the Manchester United team this season. He is also a fan favourite at Old Trafford who has recently played and done well in the typical number 10 role. Playing just behind the forward is where Januzaj fits best in Manchester United’s team; this is the position where Juan Mata would play. If Mata were to join United then this would certainly push Januzaj down the pecking order.
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