Manchester United fans were not happy seeing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admit his hopes of the club retaining Juan Mata‘s services.
The Spaniard’s contract expires this summer and there are sections of supporters who believe he should be let go.
There are some fans however who feel Mata would be a useful rotational option for the squad and that Solskjaer should look to hold onto him instead.
The former Chelsea man has struggled to have a breakthrough in his contract negotiations with the club but his Norwegian manager is clearly a fan.
Perhaps Juan’s wages has been the stumbling block with the United board understood to be keen on lowering their wage bill.
He writes blogs and is a likeable guy isn't enough to keep a player at United for me. Just turned 31 and doesn't add no speed to our play. Sorry, but offering Mata a new deal at United tells me that this club/Ole will definitely not be ruthless come the transfer window.
— James Stretford (@Jamesstretford) May 4, 2019
After Everton, Ole spoke about having the hardest working team in the League, running for 90 minutes – Mata hasn’t finished a game in years. Why are we sweating on players who are past their best? City are smacking it and still looking to improve. Worrying times. https://t.co/CG8tZyzXrb
— Gaz (@CantonaManc) May 4, 2019
Man City are about to win back-to-back Premier League titles and they’re still looking to bring in top talents like Bruno Fernandes & Joao Felix.
Manchester United haven’t won the Premier League in 7 years, yet we’re publicly begging for Juan Mata to sign a new deal. Sad times
— ⛔Rayyan (@Itz_Rayyan) May 3, 2019
City close to signing Bruno Fernandes in a season where they’re 2 games from winning 2 PL’s in a row and they STILL want more. We have 2 games left, looks like we’ll be in the Europa League and we’re here trying to give 31 year old Juan Mata a 2 year contract. Sigh.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) May 3, 2019
Awesome city about to sign players to their already world class squad while we’re giving Juan mata a new contract. Dead club.
— Liam (@utd_liam_) May 3, 2019
This club is finished. Giving out contract extensions because of someone's personality and not quality 🤦🏻♂️
— Alex (@Alex94_mufc) May 3, 2019
Mata has unfortunately personified fans’ issues with the current board as they believe those higher up aren’t as ambitious.
Some supporters have accused the hierarchy of settling for low quality players on high wages and not investing enough in the squad.
It is a little surprising to hear Solskjaer’s admiration for Juan given how the player doesn’t really fit into his system at all.
The former Molde boss likes to play direct, intense, pacy attacking football that would arguably not suit the former Valencia man.