Yorke: United signing can make as big an impact as van Persie

Former Manchester United striker has claimed ex Chelsea playmaker can have as big an effect on the club's season as the former Arsenal man did last season.

Former Manchester United hitman Dwight Yorke, 42, is satisfied with the transfer business conducted by David Moyes and Ed Woodward in the mid-season market to date.

Former Chelsea star Juan Mata has been the club's sole acquisition, but United spent a club-record £37.1m in order to secure his services - an investment that is already paying dividends due to his strong performance against Cardiff City on his debut as a Red Devil; a match in which he completed 88% of his passes (with an average length of 18 metres), created four chances (one assist) and was accurate with 100% of his shots.

'It's been a good [window for United] as Mata has given everyone a boost, from Moyes to Woodward,' summarised Yorke when appearing on Sky Sports News earlier today, Friday.

Yorke continued by remarking that the swift signing of Mata contrasts to the seemingly panic purchases of last summer, when United were rejected or overlooked by a number of their priority targets, only to recruit Marouane Fellaini at the tail-end of the window.

'Earlier in the season, with difficulties adding players to the squad, it's been a nightmare, but it's turned a corner now to scoop Mata away from Chelsea. The club and it's fans needed it, while Moyes seems like a pleased man.'

Because Mata will require no adaptation period having transferred from a fellow Premier League side, there is an expectancy that, with regular first team football, the Spaniard will be able to recreate the high-flying form he enjoyed last season and the year before, two campaigns in which he was awarded Chelsea's player of the year gong.

Yorke believes his impact will be so telling that it will emulate the significance of Robin van Persie's exit from Arsenal.


'I think they can take heart from the fact that van Persie made such an impact and Mata can come into that category. Mata has brought that spark back. They dispatched of Cardiff City very easily and sometimes you need the injection in the dressing room, both in a footballing sense and with personality.'

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