Well, there had been talk aplenty suggesting that Juan Mata would stay at Manchester United beyond this summer – now it’s official.
The club confirmed the news just an hour or so ago, with Mata being handed a new two-year deal, keeping him at Old Trafford until 2021. United also have the option to extend the Spaniard’s contract by a further year.
Now 31, Mata could well be wearing United’s colours until past the age of 34, and if he does see out this new deal, he’d have played eight years for this iconic club.
Personally, I wasn’t against keeping Mata at United, but a three-year contract seems excessive. The Red Devils doesn’t usually offer out anything more than one-year deals to players over 30 so I’m not quite sure why they’ve bent over backwards to keep a squad player around.
I get that Mata is immensely talented and somewhat unique in the regard that we don’t have any players like him in the squad. However, he hasn’t been used correctly over the last few years and if that continues I’m not convinced this move was well thought out.
If he’s used as a #10 playing directly in-behind the striker then I’ll be thrilled, but unfortunately, I just don’t think that’s going to happen.