Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho talks with Juan Mata
Question marks have been raised over the future of Mata following Jose Mourinho’s appointment, largely due to the fact the Spaniard was sold to United from Chelsea by the Portuguese coach, as reported by ESPN.
Juan Mata scores for Manchester United
Mata, though, has featured in both Premier League matches for United so far, and his latest performance against the Saints was praised by Collymore, who labelled the Red Devils' attack the most exciting in recent years.
Mata again showing why it’s perplexing that he just doesn’t get a game in the position he’s best in ! #10— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) August 19, 2016
Best attacking movement from a #MUFC side for 4 years.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) August 19, 2016
Welcome back, attack attack attack.
Aggressive, disciplined and eye catching #MUFC performance. Zlatan/Pogba headline makers but Bailly/Mata/Shaw all superb too.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) August 19, 2016
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney dominating central positions, Mata has had to adjust his game slightly as he started the Friday night match against Southampton in a wide right position.
Manchester United's Juan Mata scores their first goal
However, given licence to tuck in when in possession, Mata’s clever movement allowed right-back Antonio Valencia to overlap and create the width, and it was a tactic which caused the visitors problems.
The movement between Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Mata and Anthony Martial on the left was a joy to watch at times, and when all four click there won’t be many in the Premier League who can stop them.
Manchester United's Juan Mata celebrates scoring their first goal