The speculation is now rife that Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata could join Manchester United before January is through.
Given United’s current struggles, something certainly needs to change and David Moyes knows it; but whether that transformation involves a player whose best position is pretty much the same as Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa is open to debate.
With United crying out for a box-to-box midfielder, a huge bid for another attacking player may smack of desperation shouting over common sense.
But the reports will not go away. And this afternoon, Daily Telegraph reporter Matt Law has tweeted that Mata has told friends and family that he is joining the reigning champions.
With the BBC now reporting that a £35million bid has been made, could Mata be the man Moyes puts his faith in to save United’s season?
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