Assuming that Juan Mata would somehow save David Moyes's flailing start to his Manchester United career is just a little bit overly optimistic.
Don't get me wrong - Mata is a world class player and any team could benefit greatly by having him in the squad. Yet, Mata doesn't seem to have to necessary qualities that United are lacking.
In fact, he would only seem to add to the overflow of talent already vying for that coveted number 10 spot, and it would take a bold man to say that Mata is a better player that Wayne Rooney.
Furthermore, what would Mata's arrival mean for Japanese superstar Shinji Kagawa? Already struggling for five minutes on the pitch, Kagawa would seemingly be kicked to the curb by Mata's arrival. That said, the Spaniard would be able to make a noticeable contribution to the United team.
United are lacking in creativity at the moment. Rooney, usually the bastion of chance creation has found himself ravaged by frequent and severe injury. Add to this the fact that star striker Robin van Persie also finds himself having missed a large portion of games through injury, and one has enough reason to justify Moyes spending on a player like Mata.
Against Sunderland, United were woefully short of creativity.
They didn't lose the game because they weren't clinical - they lost because they created very few chances. Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck had a joint three chances between the two of them. Clearly the United team didn't get the ball to the strikers often enough.
There was a shocking lack of penetration in a team that has historically found conversion, rather than creation to be the problem. Adnan Januzaj, the 18-year-old Belgian phenomenon was the only player who can attest to having a good three of four cracks at goal; granted, almost half of his chances came from shooting opportunities thirty or so yards away from goal.
So would Mata help the creativity problem? With 29 assists last season, one would imagine so. His best quality is his ability to find the killer pass. Granted, many said that about Kagawa before he arrived at Old Trafford, but one must hope that Mata's time at Chelsea has acquainted him well with the Premier League style of play.
Still, Mata looks a quick fix that doesn't address United's underlying problems, in other words: the lack of drive in the center of the midfield.
Darren Fletcher was woeful last night and Michael Carrick, for all the praise he has garnered of late, wasn't any better. There was no impetus from the centre of the park, similar to the way Manchester City is driven forward by Yaya Toure or Arsenal is by Aaron Ramsey. Mata wouldn't provide that drive. He would be another luxury player that United can live without.
If he wants to raid Chelsea, Moyes should be looking at Ramires not Mata. United need to address the underlying issues before splashing on unnecessary luxuries. Spend the £40million or so in the positions that need reinforcements - the centre of midfield and the defence - not in the attacking positions in which they are already well stocked.
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