You have to feel for Juan Mata. He probably just wants Jose Mourinho to stop following him around.
Forced out of Chelsea by a taskmaster of a manager who demanded a level of defensive work from his attackers that he believed Mata could not provide, the Spaniard tried to make a go of things as creator-in-chief at an ailing Manchester United side.
It was - and still is - a United side struggling in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. Mourinho has now arrived to steady the ship and restore the club to its former glory, but it is widely believed that his arrival will spell the end at another club for Mata, particularly given the attacking signings that have been made already this summer and the continued pursuit of £100 million Paul Pogba.
But a player of Mata's unquestionable capability should not necessarily be cast aside just because it didn't work out last time.
He is proven at Premier League level and there is every reason to believe he can continue to shine at Old Trafford. It is hard to see Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggling in the way Shinji Kagawa did after following the same path from Borussia Dortmund, but given that we all know Mata is settled, content and playing well in England, why take the risk? Two remarkably clever and talented attackers might even bring the best out of one another.
There are few better players at picked out a final ball than Mata. Since he moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2011, only David Silva has racked up more assists or created more chances than him.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2016/07/13/why-jose-mourinho-should-give-juan-mata-a-second-chance-at-man-u/