Juan Mata was reportedly left with displeasure towards his manager due to an incident that happened at the end of September
The Spanish star has come out as one of the key performers for Manchester United in recent times, helping the 55-year-old rid some of the doom and gloom moods around Old Trafford. The midfielder scored a stunning free-kick against Newcastle at the start of October as the Red Devils came back from 2-0 down to take all three points at home.
And the World Cup winner was the hero again for his side on Wednesday night, scoring another beautiful set-piece to help United rock Juventus 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium in the Champions League. Fresh details about their relationship have, however, been disclosed since. The Daily Mail claims that Mata was unhappy with Mourinho after the club’s Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Derby County in the end of September.
Manchester United was leading by a goal in that match before a sublime free-kick from Harry Wilson brought the visitors level. Sergio Romero was then shown a red card, forcing Mourinho to alter his tactics. Mata ended up being the fall guy, with the Portugese manager withdrawing him for goalkeeper Lee Grant. And The Daily Mail says that that Mata was disappointed with the decision, though he has no plans to leave the club.
The former Chelsea player is yet to sign a contract extension, with his current deal expiring at the end of the current season. Arsenal and former side Valencia have both emerged as potential destinations for the Spain international. Meanwhile, Mata has given his thoughts on his heroics against Juventus, revealing what he had said to Ashley Young before curling home the free-kick.
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“As soon as there was the free-kick in there, I had the confidence that I had to take it,” he told the club’s official website. “I told Ash: ‘Please let me take it, because I can go over the wall.’ It’s very difficult for the goalkeeper because they don’t see a lot with the wall so close. So I tried to do what I do in training a lot of times, practicing, practicing.
It was important to score to make it 1-1 and, after, it led us to the 1-2. I think because of the venue and the importance of the game, it’s one of the best [that I’ve scored].”
Mata has been an important part of Manchester United’s recent revival, and has all the rights to feel let down by his managers tactics over the first few months of this season, as many of his teammates will also agree with him. But with a renewed sense of togetherness and never-say-die spirit, United seem to have found their footing, and Sunday’s derby with Manchester City will show how far they have actually come.