Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is reportedly prepared to allow Juan Mata to leave the club this winter.
The Spaniard’s position at the club this season has come under threat due to the arrivals of Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind and the Express has suggested that he could be allowed to leave should United receive a good offer.
“The Spain international has become a bit-part player at Old Trafford after joining from Chelsea last January, failing to impress new boss Louis Van Gaal,” claims the Express.
“Van Gaal allowed fellow playmaker Shinji Kagawa to depart late in the transfer window, and is prepared to move Mata on as Juventus prepare a £20million bid.”
However, where these claims don’t add up is the way Mata has already been used, productively, alongside the summer signings that LvG has brought in at Old Trafford.
He’s started five Premier League games and already has two goals and an assist to his name so far. He’s getting stuck in and is proving to be effective in a very competitive group of players.
Van Gaal has always been a manager to allow his players a fair chance to prove themselves and if Van Gaal isn’t impressed as the Express suggests, there’s not much more the Spaniard can do to grab his attention.
He’s been given a recent chance due to an injury to Herrera and he’s stepped up and taken it with both hands, which is all the boss can ask for.
Where Mata can really pin down his future at Old Trafford is when United come up against their rivals in the race for a top four place and potentially in the title race.
One of the reasons Mata was so popular during his time at Chelsea is because he was effective in games against teams like Manchester United.
The biggest way that he can convince van Gaal that he has a future at United ahead of the winter transfer chaos is by performing in those big games and proving to be the difference in difficult, tight situations.