It’s been a period of massive upheaval for Manchester United – never have we seen so many players arrive and depart in such a short space of time.
But, still barely 6 months into his tenure, you do feel that Louis van Gaal still has many changes to make.
As such the players will feel as if they are auditioning for long-term roles at the club over the next few months.
One Manchester United player whose future has been the subject of intense debate is the charming Spaniard Juan Mata.
Bought by David Moyes for silly money Mata hasn’t always been a first team regular at Manchester United as he has struggled to make a position his own.
We think that he goes missing far too often in games – the Southampton match was a classic case. Manchester United needed Mata to get on the ball and control the game but he was anonymous for large spells.
One area that you can’t criticise is his goal scoring ratio. It’s been good at Manchester United as he’s netted 10 in just 27 games for the club – decent stats for a non-striker. And Mata has vowed to score try to score even more regularly. He told Manchester United’s official website:
“I have always tried to score as many goals as I can,” he said. “Even though I’m not a proper striker, I have always had a good record at the end of the season with every team I have played for and right now I will try to keep scoring more.”
If Mata keeps scoring he will keep his place in the team – simple as.
Manchester United fans: does Mata make your eleven?