Since Jose Mourinho was named as Louis van Gaal's successor at Manchester United, speculation has been rife over the future of playmaker Juan Mata.
It was Mourinho, of course, who sanctioned Mata's transfer to Old Trafford in the first place after the Spaniard failed to secure a key role under him at Chelsea.
The technically-gifted midfielder didn't appear to fit into Mourinho's plans and was swiftly moved on. Mata, 28, has since enjoyed a steady two and a half years in Manchester, but his game hasn't exactly changed or - more importantly - evolved.
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That's why, then, many pundits and fans alike are expecting Mourinho to once again ruthlessly axe him. As uncertainty regarding his future continues to rumble on, Mata - it appears - has just been getting on with it.
Indeed, Mata has today taken to social media following another pre-season training session with the Red Devils.
As you can see below, the ex-Chelsea man sent a relatively harmless tweet alongside three photos of himself looking, well, fairly relaxed and happy in training.
Here's the tweet:
You know what's coming next. Fans of the Red Devils duly responded and the majority of them pleaded with the versatile midfielder to stay on at the club ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
Here's the best reaction:
But it wasn't only United fans getting in on the act. As you can see by the tweets below, a number of Chelsea supporters tweeted Mata to tell him to return to Stamford Bridge.
Here's how they reacted:
But will he really be handed a shot at redemption under the Special One? Well, it's going to be difficult; Mourinho has already started to change the dynamic of his side, adding the trio of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly to his squad, while he also appears to be intent on bringing France international Paul Pogba to the club sooner rather than later.
The saga involving Pogba may well go on for some time to come, but there's no doubting that Mourinho has already made three shrewd signings.
Mkhitaryan, who has been purchased from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund, could directly fight it out with Mata for a place in the side.
Much like Mata, the Armenia international starred on the right-hand side last season and there's every chance that Mourinho will utilise him in the same way at the Theatre of Dreams.
It certainly won't be easy for Mata to keep Mkhitaryan out of the side, but perhaps Mourinho would consider playing him behind the striker. With England captain Wayne Rooney about, Mata could face his biggest challenge yet. It will be interesting to see whether he opts to stay and fight for his place.
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