Jose Mourinho is already wielding his axe into the Manchester United squad, with two players set to be cut and its not the first time he will have cut one of them..
Juan Mata is the first player that Mourinho has reportedly told he can leave. The Spaniard was unwanted under Mourinho at Chelsea and joined United for £40million. But Mourinho still doesn’t fancy the neat Spaniard and will now reportedly accept offers of around £30million. Poor little Juan.
Mourinho doesn’t seem too bothered that Mata has performed better than most of his teammates at Old Trafford this season. One of the more influential midfielders, at least in an attacking sense, Mata scored 5 and assisted 6 goals in the Premier League this season. He’s 28 now though and his lack of pace and defensive contribution may well be a reason for Jose looking to move him on, as, especially when playing out wide, he lacks the natural energy to defend. Mata’s pass accuracy of 89.9% last season was amongst the best in the Premier League.
The other play Mourinho is reportedly happy to part with is the definition of versatile, Daley Blind. Mourinho’s reasoning is that he reportedly ‘favours tall and quick centre backs’. Admittedly Blind is neither of those but it is strange that the Portuguese man would be happy to part with a player of Blind’s versatility, consistency and experience. The Dutchman has performed reasonably well for United at centre back, left back and even defensive midfield. Despite not excelling or setting the world alight in any of those positions, Blind has done well and been backed by the fans throughout a terrible season for the club as a whole.
Blind is not tall, but he understands and reads the game very well. You also suspect that losing him would have some effect to the dressing room, as Blind is a man with great character and 31 international caps to match. Despite the maturity he plays with, Blind is still just 26 and has the potential to continue growing as a player and perhaps settling down in a specific position.
Mata’s sale will come as no shock due to Mourinho’s previous opinions of him, but Blind’s is a tad bemusing, don’t you think? Comment below or tweet us @FreshFootball to get involved with the conversation.