Chelsea has sold their player of the year two years in a row to Manchester United for a club record in the range of 37-45 million pounds (details are not available at the moment). The sale of Mata comes to no surprise as he was getting limited playing time under new manager Jose Mourinho. But selling one of the Premier League’s best players to a domestic rival is a head scratcher.
Many thought that Mourinho would sell Mata to an abroad buyer such as Paris Saint-Germain so that Chelsea would not face any repercussions playing against their former playmaker. But the sell to Manchester United means that Jose Mourinho does not see the red devils as a threat anymore. No one should blame Jose, as Manchester United is experiencing one of its worst seasons anyone can remember.
Everyone held United to a high standard when Sir Alex Ferguson was on the touchline, but things have changed. The club is in a little downspin and signing a world class player is what they needed.
The signing of Juan Mata is great for Manchester United. It is huge because not only did Juan Mata score 20 goals and dish out 28 assists last season, but he can play out wide on the touch line, or behind the striker as a number 10 (something United has been lacking consistent play from). Mata was keen on a move as well. The World Cup is around the corner, and he wants loads of playing time to crack a spot in Vicente Del Bosque’s talented and experienced Spanish national side.
For the supporters, this is great news after the season they have seen thus far. Not only will the supporters enjoy the prospect of watching Mata light it up in front of them, but this gives the club a moral boost just like the Mesut Özil transfer did to Arsenal. Psychologically, this is huge for United as they try to turn things around this season to finish in the top four for a Champions League spot next season.