Ex-Manchester United defender: Champions 'not good enough for Mata'

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Former Manchester United and Chelsea defender and TV pundit Paul Parker believes the reigning Premier League champions are not good enough for Blues midfielder.

The former right-back with 19 caps for England to his name has agreed with another former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville on the topic of the champions £37 million move for outcast Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata.

“They need to strengthen, but he is not the main signing they need,” he stated.

“United are not going to get the best out of a very good player. The quality around him is just not good enough.”

“Even though he is not wanted at Chelsea, he has players there who will enhance him and enjoy playing with him,” he added.

Parker’s allegiances may well be split between the two Premier League giants but his opinion is straight to the point. The 49-year-old spent five years on the book at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson as well as spells at Fulham, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers in the English capital before turning to management.

Does he have a point? I believe what Parker is suggesting is that, in their present state under David Moyes, United do not have the same amount or level of quality to get the best out of the 25-year-old who will be ardently trying to fight for his place in the Spain national team ahead of the World Cup this summer.

At Stamford Bridge, Mata has the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Ramires, Willian, and Samuel Eto’o around him but Parker seems to be suggesting the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa and Adnan Januzaj do not measure up to the Blues.

I can see Parker’s point – signing Juan Mata alone is not going to fix all the problems at Manchester United in one swoop.

The reigning champions need to bring in at least two or three influential players in the next six to eight months to reassert themselves over a title challenge in the Premier League but I think to claim United aren’t good enough for Juan Mata is a little overstated, even in their current state.

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