Juan Mata wants to fight for his place at Manchester United

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata wants to stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mail. 

The diminutive Spaniard wants to return to pre-season training and start afresh under the guidance of Jose Mourinho. 

Mata, 28, has enjoyed a fairly prolific two and a half seasons in Manchester but that doesn't necessarily mean that he will play a key role under Mourinho's tenure. 


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Mourinho, of course, was the man to offload him to United in the first place. Mata failed to come to prominence in the Special One's system at Chelsea and was ultimately sacrificed. 

In fact, before moving him on, as per the Telegraph, Mourinho insisted that Mata had to prove to him that he could play a key role for his side. 

Mata and Jose 

Mourinho said: "It is one thing to play with Ramires and Oscar closing down opponents on each side, and Mata as a No10 behind a striker with his clever assists, clever passes and fantastic actions because he has great talent.

"But it is another thing to adapt to the way we want to play. In this moment, Oscar is my No10 and, if anyone tells me Oscar has not been Chelsea's best player this season, I'd have to disagree. I have to prove to the fans that I am good. Now [Mata] must do the same."

And the saga took yet another twist following Mata's Stamford Bridge departure. In fact, he appeared to hit out at Mourinho by claiming that he was happy to be a 'luxury' player. 

Mata stated: "If a luxury player is a player who scores and assists and has good stats, then I'm happy to be a luxury player.

"I want luxury players in my team. I like creative players and players who do different things. It's easy to say certain players are luxuries, especially when you've lost a game.

"When you lose a certain kind of player - the creative players - always get the blame.

"I've scored as many goals for Manchester United in the Premier League as for Chelsea, but in something like 30 games less.

"In terms of scoring and assisting and I'm quite happy with the states, and stats don't lie. They are facts."

On his way? 

In all honesty, then, things don't exactly look good for Mata in his pursuit of redemption under Mourinho. 

Everton, who have recently hired Dutchman Ronald Koeman as their new manager, have been credited with an interest in the ex-Chelsea man, but it's far from certain as to whether they will make a bid for his services in the near future. 

Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague, meanwhile, has insisted that Mata will return to pre-season training on Wednesday and will discuss with Mourinho what the future holds. 

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