Manchester United star shows what Spain will be missing

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Juan Mata scored twice in the English 'Clasico' for Manchester United at Liverpool.

When Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque announced his squad for the upcoming games against Ukraine and the Netherlands, although he continued to show a willingness to bring about changes to his selections, there were some notable omissions that raised a few eyebrows.

One player that didn't get a call was Juan Mata and following his exploits this weekend for Manchester United, tongues are beginning to wag and ask: What's the matter with Mata and Spain?

Mata has scored 10 goals in 34 international appearances for Spain, which is arguably one of the better goals to games ratios among the players currently available for selection.

Whilst there's obviously no shortage of attacking options, amid the vast array of talent available to Vicente Del Bosque, leaving out Mata certainly raises question marks about what more the 26-year-old can do to prove himself.

His brace of goals in such an important and high-profile game as the victory against arch-rivals Liverpool, suggests Mata is certainly a player that shouldn't be dismissed so lightly.

Although there have been suggestions he's been hit and miss for Manchester United this season, his statistics don't lie. Seven goals in 25 Premier League appearances, along with three assists, are very good numbers for an offensive midfielder.

Following a weekend that saw Diego Costa injured while Chelsea beat Hull City, forcing his subsequent withdrawal from the Spain squad, the ideal opportunity for Del Bosque to have a little re-think presented itself.

Although Mata can't be seen as a direct replacement for Costa, considering that at times Spain have played without an out-and-out striker, the Manchester United man would have seemed the most logical choice, given his form right now and what he could offer La Roja offensively.

Nonetheless, Del Bosque has turned a blind eye to all that and instead opted to call up Malaga youngster Juanmi, who has yet to make his debut for Spain. Perhaps an admirable choice for the Spain coach on the one hand, calling up a promising young talent, but also risky on the other, refusing to call upon a player who has already proved his worth.

Where the future lies for Mata withSpain remains open to debate. There's no doubting, however, that if he continues his current form in front of goal, the national team's loss will very much be Manchester United's gain, as he focuses on trying to help them secure a return to the Champions League.

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