3 reasons why Jose Mourinho should keep hold of Juan Mata
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on August 8, 2016
One of the main talking points when Manchester United first appointed Jose Mourinho, is what would he do with Spanish attacking midfielder Juan Mata? Mourinho had previously sold Mata from Chelsea to United for a then club record transfer fee of £37,000,000, and could look to do the same again.
This debate had become more heated over the last 24 hours after drama between the 2 at the Community Shield. Mata was originally subbed on by Mourinho, before being then replaced and substituted in injury time, queuing and angry reaction from United’s number 8.
So could Juan Mata soon be on his way out? Here are 3 reasons why I believe Mourinho should this time keep hold of the 28 year old.
Experienced squad member
A first reason Jose Mourinho should consider keeping hold of Juan Mata, is that he is now one of the senior and most experienced members of a very young United squad. At times last season, Juan Mata captained United when club captain Wayne Rooney and vice captain Michael Carrick were unavailable to play, proving that at least in old Manager Louis van Gaals, eyes, Juan Mata is a player with a lot to give in terms of a leader both on and off the pitch.
Despite having the experience to captain a side and be seen as a leader at United, Juan Mata can also use his experience to others advantage off the pitch. The likes of Marcus Rashford, Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial would all be able to learn from the Spaniard, who has so much experience in top games from throughout his career, and potentially become better players themselves from learning from a player who has been at the top level for so long.
Price tag of the Spaniard
When Juan Mata arrived at Old Trafford in January 2014, he was the clubs record signing, being valued at £37,000,000, a large transfer fee that only few clubs could afford. Due to Mata now being 28 years old, and the demand for players of his ability seeming to become smaller over recent years, United would most likely on get half of that transfer fee at best if they were to sell him, so is it worth getting rid of a player with so much experience and ability for potentially less than £20,000,000? Or better just to keep him and get the most of the large transfer fee originally paid?
A third and final reason why I believe United should keep hold of their number 8, is simply his raw ability on the pitch. Mata was United 3rd top scorer last season in the premier League, only falling behind forwards Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial when it came to finding an end product. Juan Mata also offered a lot in terms of assisting other players, in which he has done in great numbers season upon season for the whole of his career. Surely an asset worth keeping at the club?
Despite Juan Mata possibly not being a starter week in week out, I certainly think he could be an asset available to Jose Mourinho if he is willing to be patient for his opportunity, rather than expecting to be starting every week. When injuries inevitably strike later on in the season as the games pile up, United could find themselves in need of a creative midfielder, meaning the Spaniard could prove to be crucial in United’s season as they look to get back to the level they once were under Sir Alex Ferguson.