Is Mata the Juan to Save United’s Season?

With the possible 40 million pound deal between Chelsea and Manchester United edging ever closer for the services of Juan Mata, we ask is he the player that could save United’s season? The prospect of him in the Red shirt of Manchester United is a truly mouthwatering one, and one that I’d certainly welcome.

Named two years on the run as Chelsea’s player of the year, Juan Mata comes with a proven Premier League pedigree. However he has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho, and is reportedly looking for a move, and possibly to the current Premier League champions. “He has to be consistent, more participative when the team lose possession of the ball” said the Chelsea manager when asked about the out of favour midfielder. His lack of tracking back maybe a problem for Jose, who has always preferred more work-man-like players in his teams, however if reports are true, this isnt a problem for David Moyes, as he looks for someone to add to his attacking options and someone to help to save Manchester United’s season.

But what exactly is Moyes looking for? What should be priority for Moyes? A dynamic midfielder like Mata? A midfield enforcer like Vidal? A left back? or even a centre back? I suppose the main question is, where does Moyes start? And it looks like Mata will be the first in the rebuilding process.

Mata’s preferred position where he has had most success with Chelsea is in the No.10 role behind the main striker. A position where Manchester United already have plenty of talent (Rooney, Kagawa and even Januzaj). A change to the usual Moyes 4-4-2 rigid formation will be required if Mata is to be a success at Old Trafford. With a fully fit front pairing of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, many would be hard pressed to suggest Mata could dislodge one of them two. A system that Moyes could adopt could be to play Robin Van Persie up top, with a floating three of Januzaj, Rooney and Mata sitting behind. A mouthwatering prospect to say the least. Id like someone to suggest a better attacking force in the premier league than that. But for it to be effective Moyes must be willing to let his side free, and play. The rigid formations will need to be a thing of the past if United & Mata are to succeed.

With Fletcher and Carrick sitting behind the possible front four, United’s team all of a sudden looks a whole lot better. With Kagawa, Welbeck, Zaha, Nani, Hernandez & Valencia all as back up. The United squad does look a little better. Even with the addition of ‘only’ one world class player. And Mata is world class. The effect a world class player can have on a team is obvious. The perfect and all to prudent example is the effect of Mesut Ozil at arsenal. This could be similar to the effect Mata may have at United. Ozil has lifted the entire team to a place well above where they were last year. And United need an urgent catapult.

However it is accepted by pretty much everyone that a major overhaul is required at Manchester United if they want to remain competitive, but Juan Mata…..what a way to start.


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