Credit where credit is due, Juan Mata has responded fantastically to a summer that saw his Manchester United future thrown into doubt.
From the moment Jose Mourinho became manager, the Spaniard was at threat of being sold or, worse still, frozen out of the squad like Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Mata has previous with the former Chelsea manager, you see, having been unfairly dropped and eventually sold by him in 2014.
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Their frail relationship then looked set to continued at Old Trafford, especially so after Mourinho substituted the attacking midfielder during the Community Shield having only brought him on 27 minutes earlier.
However, Mata has somewhat defied the odds and become indispensable for United.
In five Premier League appearances so far, the 28-year-old has scored twice and assisted another, with his latest strike coming during a convincing 4-1 victory over champions Leicester City on Saturday.
And as a result of his impressive form, a contract extension might be in the offing.
According to The Sun, Mourinho and Mata have held talks about extending his stay, with the latter telling his manager he's "desperate".
A United source said: "There have been talks, but Juan is still in the dark over his future at the club.
"He is desperate to stay and likes his life in the Manchester area. It is all down to Jose's decision now.
"United don't want to leave this one rumbling though and are keen to sort it before the New Year."
The report also claims Mourinho wants to make Marcus Rashford the highest paid teenager in the world by tying him down to a new deal.
It's easy to see why Mata wants to stay at United following their resounding victory over Leicester, which demonstrated their vast potential as a squad.
Of course, the Red Devils have struggled in recent times, but there can be no denying what the likes of Mata, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are capable of.
United's Spanish maestro certainly thinks that way anyway after hailing Saturday's win as "special".
"The score might be deceptive, because it wasn’t an easy game," Mata said. "The key was to score first.
"Taking the lead gave us more confidence and helped to create a great atmosphere in the stadium.
"Those things together made us give our best to get an incredible 4-0 before half time. Each goal came in a different way.
"We showed that we are a team with a lot of potential, with different ways to score goals, and we have to take advantage of that.
"Being able to play and win like that is a special feeling. You can feel the crowd connecting with the team, and it seems that everything just flows."
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