Jose Mourinho must not sell Daley Blind and Juan Mata

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It hasn't taken Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho too long to change the dynamic of his side at Old Trafford.

The Special One has already recruited the trio of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly, while there's every chance that France international Paul Pogba will sign for the club in a world-record £100 million deal.

But, as we're all well aware, a number of United players are fighting for their futures under the Portuguese tactician.


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Indeed, since Mourinho's arrival at the Theatre of Dreams, a whole host of first-team players have been linked with moves away from the club.

And two names that have cropped up time and time again in recent weeks are Juan Mata and Daley Blind.

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Mata, of course, was ruthlessly axed by Mourinho at Chelsea, while it seems that Blind doesn't hold the key attributes desired.

It's fair to say that neither player represent true Mourinho-type players, but should they be offered an opportunity to prove their credentials?

Well, according to the stats, Mourinho would be, well, foolish to move them on ahead of the 2016/17 season.

That's because Mata and Blind were arguably the club's standout players throughout the course of last season.

Let's start with Mata; the diminutive Spaniard may well have failed to get into Spain's Euro 2016 squad, but his stats alone were outstanding.

Operating from the right-hand side of midfield under Louis van Gaal, Mata's pass completion rate was better than any other players (89%), while he also created more opportunities (53) than his teammates.

Only Wayne Rooney (six) assisted more goals than Mata (five) last season, while he racked up an impressive 1580 successful passes.

But Blind's stats are just as good; the versatile Dutchman produced more blocks (20) than any other player, while he came out on top with the most successful passes (1665).

Blind was also in second place in terms of tackles won and it must be noted that the Red Devils had one of the best defensive records in the league last term.

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It certainly won't be easy for them to impress Mourinho - he's already admitted that he likes specialists - but it's clear for all to see that Blind and Mata both have something about them. They may struggle to play week in, week out, but perhaps they could yet have a role to play.

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