Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is already looking ahead to next season but the Daily Mail has suggested he doesn’t know who the next boss is going to be.
All of the speculation and reports last week suggested that Louis van Gaal will be appointed as the next man in charge at Old Trafford at some point over the next five days.
However, the national daily newspaper has hinted that one of United’s players is in the dark over who the next gaffer will be.
“Mata already has his own Champions League winner’s medal, having planted a corner on Didier Drobga’s head for the Chelsea equaliser in that dramatic final in Munich. What he can’t be sure about is who will lead the club’s charge next season to get back into the competition,” reads the Daily Mail’s report.
It’s not uncommon for key players at huge clubs to be kept up to date with the managerial and coaching changes which are going to affect them on a daily basis.
It’s not a blow to United and certainly doesn’t mean they are set to miss out on van Gaal, who has said he’s keen on the job and has the experience to drive the team back to the top of English football.
Perhaps it’s a simple tactic on the part of United officials to show Ryan Giggs a little bit of respect who has been in charge as interim boss of the first team.
One of the main criticism of David Moyes’ United earlier in the season in relation to the Sir Alex Ferguson regime was how open and available key information was.
With Moyes sacked, the club can’t be blamed from keeping their cards very close to their chest over their next move, even if that means keeping their intentions from the key players which will be affected by the new boss coming in.
If van Gaal is appointed this week then it means United fans, and players, can start looking forward to a very busy transfer period following the World Cup.
The season has only just finished and maybe over the next few days United’s players will be told who’s coming in before an official announcement is made, which will give those players the chance to go to the World Cup this summer with an extra point to prove.