Juan Mata was instrumental in Manchester United’s victory over Liverpool on Saturday but was dropped for the embarrassing Champions League exit against Sevilla three days later.
United’s attacking midfield trio of Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford was shapeless, impotent and confused as the Spanish side eliminated the Red Devils at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Mata was left on the substitutes bench as United struggled to find any guile or creativity and only introduced when they went 2-0 down thanks to Wissam Ben Yedder’s second goal of the game.
The Spaniard – valued at £27m by Transfermarkt – lacks the pace that some of United’s other creative players can bring to the table but his close control and eye for a pass might just be what Jose Mourinho needs to knit his fragmented attack together.
That’s what we’re asking you; should Mata be recalled to the United line-up for the visit of Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday?
It’s their third huge home game of the week – so far it’s won one, lost one – and this one has become especially important after the Sevilla debacle.