Juan Mata will thrive at Manchester United under Van Gaal

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David Moyes' brief tenure in charge of Manchester United will not be fondly remembered by Red Devils supporters. 

The man dubbed the 'Chosen One' endured a nightmare stint at Old Trafford as the club finished the Premier League campaign in seventh place - ultimately missing out on Europe altogether. 

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Moyes, of course, was inevitably shown the door with four games of the season remaining, which led to Ryan Giggs taking over on a temporary basis. The United legend now, however, has taken a step back and will work behind Louis van Gaal for the foreseeable future. 

But, it's Moyes' work which could hand Van Gaal a major platform to succeed. Moyes made many mistakes last term, but he made one very good decision: signing Juan Mata. 

The problem for Moyes, however, was that he didn't really know how to use the Spanish ace alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Co. at the Theatre of Dreams.  Van Gaal, on the other hand, has the tactical nous to ensure that Mata fits his Manchester United system perfectly. 


Van Gaal, unlike Moyes, has worked with some of the best attacking players in world football throughout his managerial career. The likes of Andres Iniesta, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder have all shined under the Dutch coach over the years, and now it's the turn of Mata and Co. to develop under his leadership. 

Of course, Robin van Persie, has already benefited from Van Gaal's coaching, and it's likely he will be in his element under the Dutchman once again next term. Wayne Rooney, who has certainly had his troubles under previous management, appears more determined than ever to succeed at United, and Van Gaal will be looking to take his game to the next level. 

And then comes Mata, who failed to make a real impact last season. However, as Van Gaal looks to find an identity, that went missing under Moyes, Mata will reap the benefits. There's no doubt about it, if Van Gaal can find suitable positions for Van Persie, Rooney and Mata, then United can prosper under him. Let's not forget that Van Gaal will also improve the likes of Adnan Janauzaj, Shinji Kagawa and Danny Welbeck, who will all be hoping for a key role in the up coming campaign. 


Mata, though, is undoubtably one of the finest talents in England's elite division and, much like Rooney, seems ready to prove his worth next season. His recent comments indicated just that: "It's the start of a new era for the club, with a new manager and players coming in.

"I'm really happy with the manager's style of football and hopefully at the end of the season we can celebrate something, which would be amazing for him and for us."

Mata's already implied that he's a huge fan of Van Gaal's style, so he should have no problem finding his feet at Old Trafford next term.

Van Gaal will, however, have to find a way of improving his defence and midfield, but if his attacking force are on the same wave length, then United could charge up the table next season. And David Moyes may even get a thank you if Mata and Co. shine in 2014/15... 

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