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Solskjaer is playing a blinder with Mata reportedly closing in on new Manchester United deal

Solskjaer is playing a blinder with Mata reportedly closing in on new Manchester United deal

Manchester United might have not been active in the last transfer window, but they have been busy in recent weeks trying to retain the bulk of their squad with Anthony Martial putting pen to paper on a new deal last month.

And the Frenchman could soon be joined by one of his team-mates in extending his contract with Juan Mata set to prolong his stay at Old Trafford.

The Breakdown

According to The Sun, Mata is closing in on a new one-year deal that will see him earn £170,000-a-week with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to be the one behind the move.

Mata has been a bit-part figure at Old Trafford for some time now, but the 30-year-old has certainly shown his worth when called upon and is definitely worth keeping around in a squad player capacity.

In games where Manchester United have been forced to set up in a more conservative manner due to the strength of their opposition, Mata has performed well when included in the starting XI.

On the counter-attack, he keeps momentum going by taking very few touches to ensure play does not slow down, while his decision making during those moves is almost always spot on. He has the kind of vision that allows him to see the whole game and uses it to perfection.

On top of that, from the No.10 position, the Spaniard has done a good job when it has come to restricting the influence of the holding midfielder in front of him with the close attention he has paid to Jorginho in Manchester United’s clashes with Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea this season being the perfect example.

With all of that in mind, holding onto Mata for another year could be a masterstroke by Solskjaer.

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