Fan comment: Mata another panic buy, £67.5m spent but midfield still needs work

Juan Mata

One Manchester United supporting reader has not bought in to the notion that Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata is the creative midfielder the club need.

The transfer of Juan Mata from Chelsea to Manchester United for a fee reported to be between £35m and £40m could be soon complete as the player undergoes a medical examination at United's Carrington base today.

However, the Spaniard's acquisition has not wowed the entirety of the club's fan-base, with one supporter claiming that this purchase, together with the £27.5m signing of Marouane Fellaini last summer, should mean United's midfield problems would be solved, but there are still flaws in the team.

HITC reader Darius Burns said: 'Mata doesn't have much pace, or stamina, and doesn't track back like a typical United player is expected to do, so I really don't see him as a left or right winger, and the last thing United need is a £40m number 10.'

Burns was responding to an article posted yesterday, he added: 'I also thought that was the rationale Moyes used to justify his decision to reject Ozil for less money than Arsenal paid, so I smell panic, a bit like we all did when he paid £27.5m for that lump of a footballer now using up a squad place at Old Trafford.

'If this does go through then you'd think after spending £67.5m United would have a great central midfield since that is the blatant area we need to improve massively, and yet in that area we'd still be relying on a half fit Fletcher, an old Carrick, an ancient former left winger and coach [Ryan Giggs], a young centre back and the poor Cleverley alongside the cumbersome, former Everton big number 10, who is basically just a booking waiting to happen.'

He concluded by remarking: 'The only hope when it comes to this buy is that Moyes is switching from 4-4-1-1 to 4-2-3-1 since our wingers are terrible bar Januzaj, who isn't a true winger anyway, and we always get overrun in midfield now using the current formation, especially with two relatively weak central midfielders.'

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