However, after struggling to immediately adapt to life at the Theatre of Dreams the warm welcome he first received quickly dwindled and some questioned his relevance to the side.
But with todays reports from the Metro it seems that after a difficult beginning it now looks like Van Gaal is getting the best of the Spanish international.
One of Metro’s most popular stories of the day documents just how good Juan Mata has been for the Old Trafford side recently, since he joined them only two other midfielders, Yaya Toure and Eden Hazard, have scored more goals than the technical talisman.
With United now back at the top of the table for the first time in quite a while, Mata’s goals could see them stay there for a while.
Our resident Manchester United fans enjoying a pint of bitter here inside the Transfer Tavern are discussing the Spaniard, and feel he has improved considerably this season, with them all admitting that he will play a monumental part in the success of the team this season!
Our landlord here in the Tavern feels United have a serious chance of winning the Premier League, and feel if they can maintain an element of consistency, then there is no reason why Van Gaal’s army cannot win the title!
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