The departure of Juan Mata from Stamford Bridge in 2014 shocked many – not least because it was to Old Trafford.
Mata had just won the Player of the Year award at Chelsea following the club’s Europa League winning campaign under Rafael Benitez, was in the form of his life and had become a fan favourite at the Bridge.
All that changed however following the re-appointment of Jose Mourinho, and the Spaniard soon found himself isolated, making only 11 Premier League starts up until Christmas with Brazilian play-maker Oscar preferred by the Portuguese manager.
Frustration set in, and as soon as you could say his whole name Juan Manuel Mata Garcia was on his way to Manchester United in a shock move and claiming to ‘be really happy to go’.
The fall from grace was not Mata’s fault, but it was monumental.
A player who in only 135 games had scored 33 goals and provided a whopping 58 assists had moved for pastures new and Blues fans were left wondering what just happened.
In a strange twist of fate however, history looks to repeat itself this summer. Jose Mourinho has now followed the man he sold to United to become their manager, and is reportedly happy to once again let the former Valencia star go as he looks to build his squad at Old Trafford.
Mata again has been impressive at United, and should count himself desperately unlucky if he were to once again given the axe from the ‘special one’.
Our United fans at the Tavern are torn on the issue, so they’ve given us two pros and two cons to United and Jose waving goodbye to Juan Mata this summer ….
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