Jose Mourinho selected the Spain international to start against Bournemouth on the opening day of the Premier League season and he scored the first in a 3-1 win over the Cherries.
But having famously been sold to United by the Portuguese whilst he served as Chelsea boss, Mata’s long-term future at Old Trafford remains somewhat open to speculation.
And Plaza Deportiva claim Valencia owner Peter Lim – often aligned with United through the Salford City connection – held talks with the Red Devils over a potential deal for Mata last Saturday.
However, due to Financial Fair Play regulations, it’s unlikely the La Liga outfit can afford a permanent transfer for the 28-year-old.
But a loan deal could be on the cards – if United are willing to pay a significant portion of Mata’s wages.
The midfield maestro made his breakthrough at the Mestalla, registering 213 appearances for Valencia before moving to Chelsea in summer 2011.