Manchester United play-maker Juan Mata has been speaking about his final months at Chelsea and his relationship with Jose Mourinho.
In an interview with the Guardian, the Spaniard was asked if he spoke to Mourinho about why he was not playing more regularly, to which Mata replied, “No. We never talked about that; nor would we.
When I played, I played. He would give me instructions. There are coaches who explain but others who don’t think it’s necessary.”
That final sentence could be perceived as a subtle dig in the direction of a man who appeared to decide fairly quickly that Mata was not the right type of player for his version of Chelsea.
It is something Eden Hazard is now discovering, too; that you can have all the attacking flair in the world, but under Mourinho you must do all your jobs well, not just the one that made your name.
Mata has gone on to enjoy some success at Old Trafford despite United’s disappointing campaign.
He has one the Player of the Month award twice already and is beginning to find his feet at a club that appears to be made for him.
And now he is likely to be hoping the next manager through the door is one who explains, rather than one who does not.
Then again, if he keeps playing and performing, an explanation may not be necessary.