At one stage this season, Ander Herrera‘s exclusion from the starting XI was really frustrating Manchester United fans.
Now he is a regular starter, that frustration has been transferred to Juan Mata who has found himself out of the team in recent weeks as Louis van Gaal has preferred Marouane Fellaini in the no.10 role.
Away to Newcastle, that tactic worked but at home against Arsenal it really hurt United. Arsene Wenger’s side covered Fellaini’s passing options excellently and the Belgian was therefore stagnant in possession, which made it all the more frustrating that Mata remained on the bench.
Against Tottenham this weekend, United can’t afford any slip-ups and although van Gaal is clearly not a fan of Mata due to his defensive liabilities, he has to compensate for that by asking Herrera to hold his runs alongside Daley Blind.
With Mata at no.10, James Wilson and Wayne Rooney would be fed plenty of through balls and, naturally, create more goalscoring opportunities, something which the side has been lacking so obviously recently.