Juan Mata looks set to complete a surprise move to Manchester United, making him Manchester United’s record signing. This is a clear statement of intent
by under-fire United boss David Moyes whose team is in dire need of a playmaker able to give defence splitting passes and notch in with goals also when needed. Juan
Mata ticks all these boxes, and at this time a move for the Spanish play maker is a step in the right direction for United. But getting the best out of Mata will depend on the role he
is given in the United set-up
WHERE TO PLAY MATA?
With 19 goals and 34 assists last season, and the prospect of linking up with Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, United now boasts an attack line with serious
fire-power ready to propel them to the Champions League places with 16 games to go. Now the only problem for manager Moyes is to find the right position for Mata to exert his influence on the game. Blessed with great vision, dribbling skills, and an eye for goal, Mata could be used in all advanced midfield roles in United’s 4-2-3-1 formation. But his best position and where he influences the game most is just behind the lone striker in this system. This could prove a bit of an issue for United
given that Wayne Rooney currently occupies that position and has contributed excellently when deployed in that role. Now would Moyes keep Rooney in that position, or
would Mata become United’s main creative hub just behind the striker? The most logical thinking would be keeping Rooney in his current position and using Mata as an
inside forward, while given the freedom to roam just like Santi Carzola at Arsenal or Neymar at Barcelona.
MATA MOVE A NO-BRAINER FOR UNITED, MATA & MOYES.
Juan Mata’s arrival at United could not come at a better time for both player, club and manager. Given United’s dearth of world-class attacking talent, Mata is definitely the player to take them to another level and relieve some unwanted pressure from arguably United’s best attacking talent Januzaj. Such is the decline of United that 18 year old Adnan Januzaj has been placed with the responsibility of chief playmaker. Nani, Kagawa, Young, Valencia have all failed to deliver for United this season with a string of frustrating and depressing performances, and with the imminent arrival of Mata, Moyes can now boast of a world-class midfielder in the team.
For player this move is also a no-brainer, since the second coming of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, Mata has been overlooked by the ‘Happy One’, with the likes of Oscar,
Hazard and Willian all above him in the Chelsea pecking order. And now with the World Cup on the horizon, and the influx of midfielders in Spain, a move to Manchester United and the role of chief playmaker has given Mata time to stake his claim for a spot in Vicente Del Bosque’s 23 man squad. Mata may also use this opportunity to want to prove Jose Mourinho wrong for doubting his ability, and benching a player once thought of as an untouchable at Chelsea.
David Moyes has had the proper baptism of fire since he became United manager, with United already out of the FA and Capital 0ne cups, and the Premier League now
almost impossible to win, he must now focus on getting Manchester United into the Champions League places at the end of the season. The acquisition Juan Mata is
definitely a huge statement of intent by Moyes, who has previously been linked with big-name players and has failed to land them. Eventhough many would state that the
player needs playing time hence this move, Moyes has shown that he is definitely learning after reports stated he passed up the opportunity to sign
Mesut Ozil in the summer, claiming he did not need a player in Ozil’s position. And now with the player set to sign Moyes has finally proven he can land top players
and the signing of Mata would do good to his confidence and the team as a whole.
But where it is almost a given that Mata would shine at United, it must be noted that Manchester United are lacking quality in almost every area of the pitch, and Mata’s arrival would definitely not paper over the cracks. It is a step in the right direction, but it is only the beginning of a team in urgent need of an overhaul.