Mata’s £37.1 million arrival will have injected life into the veins of United’s faltering season and, combined with the timely return from injury of Van Persie and Rooney, United go into the game against Stoke today with lifted spirits.
Although too early to pass judgement on their working partnership, Moyes is confident they can become the best that the league has to offer when firing on all cylinders.
“I think they will be [the best in the league] when we get them ready and totally match fit all of them and gelled together,” Moyes told The Guardian.
“We need to give Juan Mata time to settle in and not get too far ahead of ourselves too quickly. The one good thing is that because he has Premier League experience and being in the league and being at a big club, coming here should be a little easier. But we still have to be mindful that there is a change and we have to give him time for that to happen.”
“Any one of the three [positions upfront] I am comfortable to put him in. He did it for Chelsea and I can play him in any of those three roles.
“Football is changing as the game goes on. Players change themselves. There is a lot more movement especially with the forward players. They still have to play in a framework and from that framework you allow it to develop themselves.”
On paper, this attacking quartet (including Adnan Januzaaj) is akin to United’s attacking quartet of Rooney, Ronaldo, Tevez and Berbatov back in 2008 that won the double. This attacking line-up has the potential to be absolutely devastating to defences in the league and Europe.
Mata shouldn’t take too long to settle given that he is used to playing for a team challenging for the title in the Premier League and as soon as all three start playing from the same page, United are going to look irresistible going forward.
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