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Was Manchester United’s record-breaking deal a mistake?

Date: 19th March 2014 at 6:04pm
Written by Christy Malyan

To take you back to the January window, amid a debasing crisis in confidence, Manchester United sought a saviour in the form of then-Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata. The Premier League champions forked out £37million on the Spain international - the most expensive purchase in Old Trafford's long and prestigious transfer history. Indeed, snapping up the 25 year-old was an opportunity the Carrington camp felt they couldn't ignore; a two-time Chelsea Player of the Year, an attacking midfielder who claimed twelve goals and twelve assists in the Premier League last season, a natural playmaker who could rectify  United's disturbing lack of creativity going forward, available for a fair price due to Jose Mourinho's concerns over a lack of defensive work-rate - Mata had all the makings of an acquisition that would not only improve performances on the pitch, but furthermore generate confidence in David Moyes' ability to attract top quality players. The theory goes that the Spaniard's January arrival will make United's planned summer swoops a considerably smoother process. But a splatter of matches into Mata's Red Devils career and he's yet to have the desired effect. In fact, the midfielder's new club have won just three times from seven games in his presence, and including last week's Champions League defeat to Olympiacos, they've lost three matches out ... Read More


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