Mata will arrive in the North West today to complete his blockbuster £37m switch from Chelsea, with manager David Moyes clearly believing that the Spaniard can be a solution to many of United's woes. Not only will his arrival boost the playing staff, but also the fans, who have been disgruntled in recent times as United struggle to cope with life after Sir Alex Ferguson.
Mata's arrival from Stamford Bridge once again prompted questions over Wayne Rooney's future at Old Trafford, with Mata preferring to play in the #10 role – where Rooney predominantly plays for United – and Chelsea having a long-standing interest in Rooney, as Jose Mourinho looks to bring in a world-class striker. It now seems that Rooney is not – and will not – be part of any deal taking Mata to United, and in fact, Rooney could be set to shock the world and sign a new contract.
New speculation in The Mirror suggests that Rooney wants to stay at Old Trafford, and that Moyes has told United to begin discussions with the former Everton striker over a new deal, in order to ensure Chelsea don't snatch him from the club in the summer.
If Rooney stays following the signing of Mata, his words from 2010 will ring true. The England international famously requested to leave Manchester United because he didn't feel the club would compete for the biggest signings in the world, and would therefore rather play elsewhere.
“I met with (chief executive) David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad,' said Rooney in a statement. 'I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract,” said Rooney in October 2010.
Mata is one of the finest players on the planet, but this wasn't enough for Rooney when United completed a deal for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie in 2012, as the Dutch international became the star player at Old Trafford, which pushed Rooney closer to the exit door last summer.
The situation regarding Rooney's future seems permanently precarious, but it seems the imminent signing of Mata will convince the 28-year-old that he should remain at Old Trafford. Even in their current state of turmoil, United have been able to attract a playmaker that would grace most sides in world football – which should be enough of an indication to Rooney that the club will eventually be heading in the right direction.
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