The moment Jose Mourinho was chosen as Manchester United manager, there were so many questions concerning the future of Juan Mata
Many suggested that Mourinho could cash in on Juan Mata once more like he did at United.
Mata was sold-out by Mourinho during their minute time together at Chelsea and many feared that the same fate may happen at United this summer.
Juan Mata won Chelsea’s Player of the Year twice in a row and was a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge before Mourinho dismissed him at west London, by selling him to United for a fee of £37 million in 2014.
It was imagined that Mourinho didn’t believe Mata had the ability to work defensively and preferred Oscar and Willian.
And, after Mourinho’s arrival at Manchester united, it seemed as though Mata would be shown the exit door at United - especially after the club confirmed the signing of midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund for a fee in the region of £30 million. Mata was subsequently linked with a move to Everton - and a reunion with his Valencia manager Ronald Koeman - and it appeared his time at the Theatre of Dreams was coming to an end.
With United competing in the Europa League next season, it’s likely that the Special One is planning on using Mata for that competition with his involvement in the Premier League being limited.
Whether Mata will be satisfied being a bit-part figure playing under a manager that clearly doesn’t rate him remains to be seen. United fans will no doubt want him to stay but he couldn’t be blamed for wanting to leave for first-team football.