Juan Mata will be the one Manchester United player hoping Jose Mourinho does not take over

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Life would be tough for Juan Mata if his old Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho took over at Manchester United.

Louis van Gaal is a man under pressure at Manchester United, and rightfully so.

An early exit from the Champions League combined with back-to-back losses to Bournemouth and Norwich City are not freak results, they are a direct repercussion of a flawed transfer strategy and a penchant for dismal football, with the team struggling to get shots on goal.

Jose Mourinho's availability after being sacked by Chelsea only increases the temptation to fire Van Gaal, with ESPN reporting United are his preferred next job.

One player who will not be pleased to see him is Spanish international Juan Mata.

Mourinho was the manager in charge at Chelsea who sanctioned selling him to the Red Devils, a clear indication he did not rate him.

This decision was made within just months of him taking over for his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Should Mourinho be appointed by United, Mata will be back to square one in having to impress the new boss, who already has a certain opinion of him.

Speaking to The Guardian in 2013, Mourinho pledged to include Mata in his team, only when [he] adapts to what we want." Months later he was sold. 

For the sake of not rocking the boat, Mata would get a second chance under the 'Special One', but he may have a short leash, and know that he faces an uphill battle.

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