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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