Giving Rooney a new 5 year contract was a mistake

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Was this Moyes’ greatest crime at Man United?

User Avatar Date: 5th May 2014 at 6:30pm
Written by Cal Byrne

Juan Mata is a very good player, but a very odd signing. When Manchester United paid £37m for the 26-year-old, they effectively secured Mata for what tend to be the best years of a player's career. And given how good the Spaniard had been for Chelsea over the past two seasons, the idea of a ‘vintage Mata’ is certainly an appealing one. Why United would want a player like Mata was obvious. But why United wanted a player like Mata, when they already had a player like Mata, is not so clear. Wayne Rooney plays where Juan Mata wants to play. And neither is very effective when played elsewhere. One could fit both into a team by playing Rooney as the lone striker with Mata behind, but Rooney's tendency to drop back ... Read More

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