Juan Mata was the wrong signing for Manchester United

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The first step in a change in philosophy at Manchester United?

Date: 29th January 2014 at 6:19pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Last night, Juan Mata made his first appearance for Manchester United in what will go down in the history books as arguably the most important debut in David Moyes' managerial career. Bought from Premier League rivals Chelsea for a £37million, smashing the Red Devils' previous record transfer fee for Dimitar Berbatov in 2009 by £7million, there's nothing customary about United's capture of the Spain international. But languishing in seventh place in the Premier League table and the title defence already over, Mata has been brought into the United fold to provide what's been dubbed by many as the 'Ozil effect'. Yes, he provides the one thing David Moyes's side have lacked this season - creativity going forward - but in replication of Arsenal's scalp for the German international in late summer, United's new signing is intended to bring a lift in morale to the Carrington camp, as well as demonstrate that Sir Alex Ferguson's predecessor is capable of landing high-profile targets, following doubts over his numerous failed transfer escapades in the summer. But could there yet be another layer to this transfer onion than meets the eye? Peel past the transfer fee, the interesting psychological battle between Jose Mourinho and United, the notion of the 'Ozil effect' and the Red Devils' need for added star ... Read More


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