Manchester United to bid for Chelsea's Juan Mata?

Jan 22, 2014, 01:25 IST |

London: Media reports on Tuesday suggested the Red Devils are preparing a bid for Spanish attacking midfielder Juan Mata, who has spent most of this season on the sidelines at Stamford Bridge.

Juan Mata. Pic/Getty Images
Juan Mata. Pic/Getty Images

Mata’s most recent of his 13 Premier League appearances this campaign, against Southampton on New Year’s Day, ended with the 25-year-old reacting angrily to being substituted. Former United right-back Neville, though, told Sky Sports he cannot see where Mata would fit in unless David Moyes is planning an overhaul of the squad.

“The first question, I think, is where are you going to play him? Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are up top if they are fit so where are you going to play him? Are you going to play him off the left or off the right?

“That’s a lot of money, 37 million quid, but they need a signing. Does he fit with what I would call the typical philosophy of Manchester United? I would say no.

“Maybe they have to change the philosophy and maybe that’s what David Moyes is thinking. Maybe he wants to play narrow wide players and maybe a three in midfield.

“They would have to change to accommodate Juan Mata in the way they normally play.”

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