Crucial Juan-Nil Win For Manchester United At Carrow Road

Crucial Juan-Nil Win For Manchester United At Carrow Road

Manchester United laboured to a rare away win, this time at relegation-threatened Norwich City thanks to a good finish from Juan Mata. The win took Louis Van Gaal's side closer to their rivals Manchester City, now only one behind with the latter set to play third placed Arsenal this weekend. It was another dire, uninspiring performance from the Red Devils where the stale nature of the way United played overshadowed what was, in context of the league, a hugely vital …
Manchester United v Norwich City Preview | Team News and Key Men Stats

Manchester United v Norwich City Preview | Team News and Key Men Stats

Billed as a managerial match-up that would be seen as a dystopia future on ‘Football Manager’ a fortnight ago, Ryan Giggs and Neil Adams will be in charge of Manchester United and Norwich City respectively, ahead of their clash this weekend. Well, it was mooted that David Moyes could see his time at Manchester United end earlier than anticipated - well to him anyway – but not many would have thought the Glazers would play their hand before the end …
Juan Mata Vs Newcastle United | Player Performance Analysis

Juan Mata Vs Newcastle United | Player Performance Analysis

Falling short of home wins and losing records this season, Manchester United are looking to end the season as strong as possible to recuperate confidence and faith amongst the fans for next seasons plans. Early December 2013, Manchester United found themselves losing 1-0 to Newcastle at Old Trafford. An unusual result, which meant that the game this weekend had a little more meaning to it, and by the Red Devils performance you could see their intensions from the first whistle. …
Mourinho’s Matter with Mata: The Rapidly Discounted Importance of Juan

Mourinho’s Matter with Mata: The Rapidly Discounted Importance of Juan

“I’m sorry I couldn't make Juan a stronger player.”
Not the selection of words one would enjoy any manager choosing to use to describe you. It’s understandable, then, that Juan Mata got the hint that his future was no longer with Chelsea. So, on January 26th, Juan Mata made successful his escape from Chelsea and approved a £37.1m transfer deal to Manchester United. No longer would he be asked to patrol the outer reaches of the Chelsea right …
Juan Mata Vs Cardiff | Player Performance Analysis

Juan Mata Vs Cardiff | Player Performance Analysis

A sight all Manchester United fans could not wait to see Tuesday night was the debut of their new record breaking signing Juan Mata. After limited game time and increasing frustration at Chelsea, the 37-million-pound man was eager to play and opted for a fresh start. If anyone was going to pull United out from their current bad patch they would have to be world class, and this is exactly what the World Cup winning Spaniard is, no doubt about …
Manchester United's £37.1m signing | Juan Mata EPL Career Stats

Manchester United's £37.1m signing | Juan Mata EPL Career Stats

Manchester United completed the signing of £37.1m Juan Mata breaking a club-record in the process. The fee paid to Chelsea breaks the record of £30.75m which was paid to Tottenham for Dimitar Berbatov. Manchester United supporters will be excited that they have purchased one of the league's deadliest creators over the last two years with only David Silva being able to rival his creativity and assists. Below you'll see a break down of goals, assists and chances created from his …
The Mourinho Philosophy | How Mata Is Adapting His Game To Suit It

The Mourinho Philosophy | How Mata Is Adapting His Game To Suit It

Juan Mata has been out of luck under Jose Mourinho and for a long time nobody understood why. The only Premier League game that he has started to date was against Aston Villa at home, and that appearance was limited to 65 minutes. Up until the victory over Fulham pundits and reporters offered, for the most part, uneducated guesses on why Mata wasn’t starting. Some suggestions were feasible, like the idea that Mourinho didn’t rate Mata. However other allegations, like …
Carmille's Chelsea Column: Where Did Mata Go? Plus Highs & Lows of the Week

Carmille's Chelsea Column: Where Did Mata Go? Plus Highs & Lows of the Week

This week’s column will discuss the role of Juan Mata in the current Chelsea squad and analyse his importance to the team, and look at the highs and lows endured by the Blues in the past week. Juan Mata has been without a doubt Chelsea’s most influential player since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2011. Mata’s first campaign (2011/2012) saw him earn the Chelsea Player of the Year award, contributing with six Premier League goals and 13 assists, the …
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