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Why Manchester United and Juan Mata Were Never Truly A Match Made In Heaven?

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It’s been 2 years since Juan Mata’s career began at Manchester United, after he left his former club Chelsea due to his differences with manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. It is easy to forget all those months of ploddingly joyless football as part of a ploddingly joyless team, just how thrilling it used to simply sit-down and watch Juan Mata at work.

While the Spaniard has hardly been off the charts since he arrived in Manchester at his ravishing best, it’s difficult to look back on the recent turns his career has taken and not wail the quiet deterioration of one the League’s most prolific and incisive talents.

To start with his style of play, during the days of Andre Villa-Boas at Chelsea he was used at left in a 4-3-3 formation, but when Di Matteo took charge, he became a right winger in a 4-2-3-1 formation. He’s known for being a visionary, for his passing and his movement off the ball. He’s also a great finisher and a set piece specialist.

Chelsea's Juan Mata celebrates scoring during his side's 4-2 Premier League win at Tottenham Hotspur

Mata along with the likes of David Silva and Luka Modric changed the way premier league was played, they showed the value of technique over blood and thunder. It’s no coincidence that squads of Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are packed up with pocket sized no. 10s.

All well and good, but the tragedy with Mata is that while he was the league’s most wizardry play-maker once, is now sometimes staring from the bench and was being kept out of the catastrophically bad United by Jesse Lingard and Maruoane Fellaini. So, where did it all exactly go wrong?

Everyone who’s seen Mata play during his time at Chelsea will probably(certainly right) point towards Jose Mourinho’s takeover of the realms at club. It’s still unknown that whether the rift between the two was just on field theatrics or it goes much beyond that to internal politics at club, which eventually caught up on even Jose himself.

If you look closely at Mourinho’s teams, you’ll always find one similar reason for the exit of all the high risk-taking(pushing forward), non-tracking back play-makers like Schrulle, Quaresma, Kaka and the list goes on, became the victims of his play and the same happened to Mata.

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Though whatever was surfacing between the two has hardly been put to a fair trial and then happened his move to Manchester United, a club in the post Sir Alex era which was going kaput rather than standing still and moving on with it’s greatness. His move to United could be summed up best in by the segment from movie The Revenant, in which Leonardo Di Caprio miraculously escapes a number of vicious attacks on his life only to be plunged into a freezing river and hurled brutally down a giant waterfall.

He has changed drastically from his time at Chelsea, his crosses have decreased immensely, drawing half as many fouls, and taking half as many shots from outside the box. To sum it up, HE HAS STOPPED TAKING RISKS.
Who’s to blame? Mourinho? Van Gaal? Or he himself?

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It’s plainly not easy for an individual be thrown into a botched, static, incoherent to thrive and the fall of Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay, Ander Herrera strengthen his defense, but isn’t it a playmaker’s job to knit the team around him?

Now with Jose Mourinho walking down the tunnel at Old Trafford as the manager of Manchester United makes the case that now probably it’s the best that the Spaniard leaves the Manchester side to revamp his career to some extent, with age still being in his side. Even though Mata is not the same player that left Chelsea during Portugese’s term at the London side and it’ll be interesting to see what happens with him.

Already being linked to a move to Everton with interest from La Liga outfit Valencia or even Serie A champions Juventus and certain other not-so-big clubs, the World Cup, Euros, Champions league and Premier League winner’s quality and charisma is too much to make a move and it’ll be poetic justice only if he moves to a big European club who can still get the best out the magician he is.

It’s been 2 years since Juan Mata’s career began at Manchester United, after he left his former club Chelsea due to his differences with manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. It is easy to forget all those months of ploddingly joyless football as part of a ploddingly joyless team, just how thrilling it used to simply sit-down and watch Juan Mata at work.

While the Spaniard has hardly been off the charts since he arrived in Manchester at his ravishing best, it’s difficult to look back on the recent turns his career has taken and not wail the quiet deterioration of one the League’s most prolific and incisive talents.

To start with his style of play, during the days of Andre Villa-Boas at Chelsea he was used at left in a 4-3-3 formation, but when Di Matteo took charge, he became a right winger in a 4-2-3-1 formation. He’s known for being a visionary, for his passing and his movement off the ball. He’s also a great finisher and a set piece specialist.

Chelsea's Juan Mata celebrates scoring during his side's 4-2 Premier League win at Tottenham Hotspur

Mata along with the likes of David Silva and Luka Modric changed the way premier league was played, they showed the value of technique over blood and thunder. It’s no coincidence that squads of Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are packed up with pocket sized no. 10s.

All well and good, but the tragedy with Mata is that while he was the league’s most wizardry play-maker once, is now sometimes staring from the bench and was being kept out of the catastrophically bad United by Jesse Lingard and Maruoane Fellaini. So, where did it all exactly go wrong?

Everyone who’s seen Mata play during his time at Chelsea will probably(certainly right) point towards Jose Mourinho’s takeover of the realms at club. It’s still unknown that whether the rift between the two was just on field theatrics or it goes much beyond that to internal politics at club, which eventually caught up on even Jose himself.

If you look closely at Mourinho’s teams, you’ll always find one similar reason for the exit of all the high risk-taking(pushing forward), non-tracking back play-makers like Schrulle, Quaresma, Kaka and the list goes on, became the victims of his play and the same happened to Mata.

Though whatever was surfacing between the two has hardly been put to a fair trial and then happened his move to Manchester United, a club in the post Sir Alex era which was going kaput rather than standing still and moving on with it’s greatness. His move to United could be summed up best in by the segment from movie The Revenant, in which Leonardo Di Caprio miraculously escapes a number of vicious attacks on his life only to be plunged into a freezing river and hurled brutally down a giant waterfall.

He has changed drastically from his time at Chelsea, his crosses have decreased immensely, drawing half as many fouls, and taking half as many shots from outside the box. To sum it up, HE HAS STOPPED TAKING RISKS.
Who’s to blame? Mourinho? Van Gaal? Or he himself?

Mata 2

It’s plainly not easy for an individual be thrown into a botched, static, incoherent to thrive and the fall of Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay, Ander Herrera strengthen his defense, but isn’t it a playmaker’s job to knit the team around him?

Now with Jose Mourinho walking down the tunnel at Old Trafford as the manager of Manchester United makes the case that now probably it’s the best that the Spaniard leaves the Manchester side to revamp his career to some extent, with age still being in his side. Even though Mata is not the same player that left Chelsea during Portugese’s term at the London side and it’ll be interesting to see what happens with him.

Already being linked to a move to Everton with interest from La Liga outfit Valencia or even Serie A champions Juventus and certain other not-so-big clubs, the World Cup, Euros, Champions league and Premier League winner’s quality and charisma is too much to make a move and it’ll be poetic justice only if he moves to a big European club who can still get the best out the magician he is.

It’s been 2 years since Juan Mata’s career began at Manchester United, after he left his former club Chelsea due to his differences with manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. It is easy to forget all those months of ploddingly joyless football as part of a ploddingly joyless team, just how thrilling it used to simply sit-down and watch Juan Mata at work.

While the Spaniard has hardly been off the charts since he arrived in Manchester at his ravishing best, it’s difficult to look back on the recent turns his career has taken and not wail the quiet deterioration of one the League’s most prolific and incisive talents.

To start with his style of play, during the days of Andre Villa-Boas at Chelsea he was used at left in a 4-3-3 formation, but when Di Matteo took charge, he became a right winger in a 4-2-3-1 formation. He’s known for being a visionary, for his passing and his movement off the ball. He’s also a great finisher and a set piece specialist.

Chelsea's Juan Mata celebrates scoring during his side's 4-2 Premier League win at Tottenham Hotspur

Mata along with the likes of David Silva and Luka Modric changed the way premier league was played, they showed the value of technique over blood and thunder. It’s no coincidence that squads of Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are packed up with pocket sized no. 10s.

All well and good, but the tragedy with Mata is that while he was the league’s most wizardry play-maker once, is now sometimes staring from the bench and was being kept out of the catastrophically bad United by Jesse Lingard and Maruoane Fellaini. So, where did it all exactly go wrong?

Everyone who’s seen Mata play during his time at Chelsea will probably(certainly right) point towards Jose Mourinho’s takeover of the realms at club. It’s still unknown that whether the rift between the two was just on field theatrics or it goes much beyond that to internal politics at club, which eventually caught up on even Jose himself.

If you look closely at Mourinho’s teams, you’ll always find one similar reason for the exit of all the high risk-taking(pushing forward), non-tracking back play-makers like Schrulle, Quaresma, Kaka and the list goes on, became the victims of his play and the same happened to Mata.

Though whatever was surfacing between the two has hardly been put to a fair trial and then happened his move to Manchester United, a club in the post Sir Alex era which was going kaput rather than standing still and moving on with it’s greatness. His move to United could be summed up best in by the segment from movie The Revenant, in which Leonardo Di Caprio miraculously escapes a number of vicious attacks on his life only to be plunged into a freezing river and hurled brutally down a giant waterfall.

He has changed drastically from his time at Chelsea, his crosses have decreased immensely, drawing half as many fouls, and taking half as many shots from outside the box. To sum it up, HE HAS STOPPED TAKING RISKS.
Who’s to blame? Mourinho? Van Gaal? Or he himself?

Mata 2

It’s plainly not easy for an individual be thrown into a botched, static, incoherent to thrive and the fall of Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay, Ander Herrera strengthen his defense, but isn’t it a playmaker’s job to knit the team around him?

Now with Jose Mourinho walking down the tunnel at Old Trafford as the manager of Manchester United makes the case that now probably it’s the best that the Spaniard leaves the Manchester side to revamp his career to some extent, with age still being in his side. Even though Mata is not the same player that left Chelsea during Portugese’s term at the London side and it’ll be interesting to see what happens with him.

Already being linked to a move to Everton with interest from La Liga outfit Valencia or even Serie A champions Juventus and certain other not-so-big clubs, the World Cup, Euros, Champions league and Premier League winner’s quality and charisma is too much to make a move and it’ll be poetic justice only if he moves to a big European club who can still get the best out the magician he is.

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