Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed why he left Juan Mata out of his side’s starting line-up against Leicester City this afternoon.
Mata, who joined United from Chelsea for £37.1 million in January 2014, was on target against QPR to help them register a 4-0 victory.
However, Van Gaal says that he was not fully happy with how the 26-year-old played in his role as a midfielder against QPR.
The Dutchman has also said that he was not entirely pleased with how Wayne Rooney played as a striker against QPR, despite also scoring at Old Trafford last weekend.
‘I think we played well, but we can improve’, Van Gaal told Sky Sports. ‘I was not so satisfied with the performances of Rooney as a striker and Mata as a midfielder, and that’s why I have changed’.
Louis van Gaal reveals Wayne Rooney will play behind the strikers - Falcao and van Persie - vs Leicester today. #MUFClive— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 21, 2014
It seems that Mata has been ‘sacrificed’ to include star summer signing Radamel Falcao in the line-up today. Last weekend the Colombia international striker started on the bench, but today he has made the first XI.
One of the attackers had to be left out, and today it has been Mata. It is not entirely fair on the Spaniard, but then again, Van Gaal can only fit 11 players in his line-up.