As United continues to flourish under Ole Gunner Solskjaer, many discussions and arguments are going to take place as we move ahead towards the end of the season. One such topic would definitely be Juan Mata.
With seven wins in as many games and the FA Cup tie against Arsenal just around the corner, much will be expected of this Red Devils side. But, Juan Mata gets singled out in the picture here.
The Spanish midfielder had a torrid time under ex-boss Jose Mourinho but his talent is relatively undeniable as seen whether wearing the United shirt or Chelsea. His ability ensured United’s come back from 0-2 down to winning 3-2 against Newcastle United in October.
Following his magnificent exploits at Old Trafford, we evaluate three valuable things that can prove Juan Mata to be an asset to Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side in the days ahead.
Complement Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba might have hit the headlines in recent times under interim manager Solskjaer. His latest performance in the 1-0 win against Tottenham is a testimony of his return to form with 5 goals and 4 assists in 6 games.
However, as the saying goes that a single tree cannot make a forest, likewise a player needs immense support on the pitch to bring out the best from within.
Paul Pogba’s game by numbers vs. Tottenham:
100% tackles won
30 (81%) passes completed
5 shots on target
4 take-ons completed
3 chances created
1 aerial duel won
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— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 13, 2019
This is what Juan Mata can provide as he’s got the level of dynamism and technical ability to take United to the next level. This he needs to achieve alongside French star Paul Pogba.
Juan Mata Can Provide Major Attacking Lubrication
When you come up against rough oppositions, especially when plying your trade in the Premier League, you have to bring some technical abilities for your team.
This is needed principally in the final third for United as the Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez continues to be in and out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side due to injuries.
The attacking insight provided by Juan Mata would be hugely productive as United seek to maintain their rhythm in the season.
More flair would be required as Solskjaer’s side affirms to restore their attacking lustre down the opposition area.
Raising the Spanish Banner
This may sound like a self-centered idea. However, everyone desires increase in publicity on the positive front as the case may be seen with the Spanish football being touted as perennial achieving a beautiful blend of football.
Their style of football have drawn admiration from around the world as the La Roja’s played some of the best football in the last century.
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This has prompted more Spaniards to move abroad as seen at Old Trafford itself. This can be accounted for with three players namely Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and United safe hand David De Gea all hailing from Spain.
That’s why, Juan Mata can help promote his side’s pedigree as well as raise the Spanish banner at the club.
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