The signing of the former Chelsea star marks a new beginning in Manchester United's spending as David Moyes overhauls his predecessor's squad.
Manchester United's £37.1m capture of Juan Mata from Chelsea plugged a glaring hole in the senior roster, provided the entire club with a boost in terms of quality of personnel as well as confidence, yet, the 2-1 defeat to Stoke City combined with the confirmed departure of Nemanja Vidic at the end of the season, perhaps served as a reminder that the purchase of the Spanish playmaker is only the beginning of a much-needed rebuilding project at Old Trafford.
Veteran player/coach Ryan Giggs, 40, is unfazed, claiming that the signing of Mata provided a statement to the rest of the Premier League and that manager David Moyes has a longer transfer window in the summer to recruit more players of a similar calibre to the 25-year-old mid-season recruit.
'[Moyes] had a good look at all the players here at the moment but wants to stamp his own authority on the team,' said Giggs on MUTV. 'I think it was always going to be the case with a new manager coming in with different ideas.
'By signing Juan, it's a message of intent really that we are able to go and get great players like that and there are many more to come hopefully.'
One potential superstar signing United may be attempting to secure ahead of the opening of the summer market is the £54m-rated forward Edinson Cavani, whose representative is reportedly in London this week to discuss options with both United and Chelsea.
Just yesterday, talkSPORT pondered the merits in United bringing in FC Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, who is also targeted by Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain and AS Monaco.
While earlier this week the Daily Star claimed that Moyes is looking at Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote and Portugal international William Carvalho, who has continually been scouted by Old Trafford staff at Sporting Lisbon.
If Moyes wanted to continue the club's tradition of buying available British talent then he may also look at Andros Townsend, a player whom he was shock-linked to on the final day of the January transfer window by The Sun.
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