The January transfer window has now opened and following his visible frustrations after being substituted in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Southampton yesterday, Juan Mata has been linked with a move away and United’s name has been thrown into the mix.
In the summer, Mata was linked to United as part of the Rooney saga but Mourinho said that Mata was going nowhere. Now that he has played a bit part role, Mourinho has opened up the door for a potential exit from but from a United perspective, there’s little chance David Moyes would or should make a move for him.
Mata is a great player but not one we should sign. United need a player who is naturally suited to a deeper midfield role, somebody who can play a similar role to Ilkay Gundogan at Borussia Dortmund – that is where our midfield is weak. Mata isn’t suited to that.
We’ve got plenty of options in terms of central attacking playmakers. Wayne Rooney has been brilliant there this season, Shinji Kagawa can hardly get any game time there and Adnan Januzaj also likes to play in the No. 10 role, so why would Moyes buy another one? If Moyes had any intention of buying a No. 10, he would have made a move or Mesut Ozil in the summer when he was available.
Of course, even if signing Mata did make sense, there is little chance Chelsea would do business with us unless it included Rooney going in the opposite direction. There’s no doubt that a midfielder is what United so desperately need but a diminutive playmaker like Mata is not the answer to our problems.