Recruiting Juan Mata from Chelsea need not come at the expense of Wayne Rooney nor Robin van Persie, according to Match of the Day anchor and former Tottenham Hotspur striker Gary Lineker, who claims that all three players can be fielded at the same time, whilst also including exciting prospect Adnan Januzaj.
Accommodating all four players would require a shift in United's policy regarding formation, with a 4-2-3-1 set-up that is currently being used by table-topping Arsenal.
Lineker points to Robin van Persie leading the line, like Olivier Giroud would for Arsene Wenger, with Wayne Rooney just behind, as Mesut Ozil does when supporting his French team-mate. The creativity from the wide positions would come from Mata and Januzaj, who would effectively be mimicking the roles of Santi Cazorla and Serge Gnabry.
Previously, it had been suggested - by Sky Sports' Monday Night Football crew - that, whilst Mata is an exceptional footballer, he may not fit in at United unless one of van Persie or Rooney departs Old Trafford.
If Mata signs for MUFC it might force them into a welcome change in formation. Mata, Januzaj either side of RVP with Rooney behind? Not bad?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 21, 2014
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