Manchester United are set to tie down two of its stars Ander Herrera and Juan Mata, according to reports by ESPN.

Both players have deals that would continue until next year and the club has an automatic one year extension trigger that can help them until 2019.

However, following their impressive performance Man United want to lengthen their deals. The talks for new deals is expected to move smoothly as both players have their spots secured in the team and would want to grow to become top players at Old Trafford.

Herrera joined from Athletic Bilbao for £30 million in 2014. After a slow start, he enjoyed a prominent season last term as he flourished under Jose Mourinho. Following the appointment of his former coach Ernesto Valverde at the Nou Camp and with his impressive displays for the Red Devils, there are rumours that Barcelona might be interested in him.ESPN claims the 27-year old player is settled and wants to build a legacy in England. Continue reading

Jose Mourinho reveals that Paul Pogba is one of United’s mainstays

Jose Mourinho reveals that Paul Pogba is one of United’s mainstays who will feature in the dead rubber versus Palace.

Mourinho had previously hinted that he would be trying out his second choice players versus Palace and would keep most of his mainstays out.

It was thought Mourinho would probably keep Pogba out as well and would allow him some more time to mourn the loss of his dad and recover from it.

But, the coach’s thinking is that because Pogba had not been with the team for the last 7-8 days and was away performing the last riots of his father, he doesn’t have any training under his belt of late.

So for him to be in rhythm and to be at his fluent best in the title game of Europa League where United will be taking on Ajax, it’s important that he has some game time in the Premiership this weekend.

Mourinho believes Pogba has got a solid temperament inside out. He has remained tough at the time of this tragic incident and is ready to take the pitch. Continue reading

Juan Mata will be absent for a lengthy period of time

Manchester United’s Juan Mata recently underwent a groin injury which will be keeping him out of the pitch for a significantly long time but it still remains uncertain as to how long it’s going to take the Spanish midfielder to recover and get back into the pitch.

Juan Mata plays a huge role in the team of Jose Mourinho as he has scored 6 goals in 22 appearances and this makes him the 2nd top goal-scorer of Manchester United of the current season with ZlatanIbrahimovic being the only player in Old Trafford who has scored more with 15 goals.

The Spanish midfielder is also one of the top assisters of Manchester United with 3 assists and this shows just how much of an impact and how influential Juan Mata is in the Premier League.

Not being able to utilize the services of such a significant player is a huge blow for any squad but for Manchester United, it’s an even bigger hit as Jose Mourinho and his squad have been attempting for the majority of the season to secure a Champions League qualification play-off position which means that they will have to snatch at least, the 4th spot of the Premier League. Continue reading

United draw against Liverpool

Manchester United have confirmed their recent improvement by drawing against Liverpool in a competitive match at Old Trafford.

As usual, Liverpool made the best start and pressured Manchester United in their own half.

The Red Devils struggled to cope early on, and they will concede a goal on a penalty. But they will manage to come back into the game and create the best chances. Unfortunately, they will be let down by poor decision-making in the final third, or they will find Liverpool’s goalkeeper in a top form. Indeed there are many pundits who have voted the Liverpool’s keeper as the man of the match for this game given the amount of crucial saves that he has made.

The game will reach half-time with the score 1-0. However, Jose Mourinho will make changes to its formation during the break, and this will allow the Red Devils to come back strongly after the break. First of all, Rooney will be sent on the pitch in place of the ineffective Michael Carrick, and this will allow the team to become more offensive. Continue reading

Mata enjoying life at United

Juan Mata said that he is happy at Manchester United at the moment and that he is enjoying his football at the moment.

There was news that Jose Mourinho would have allowed the player to leave the club in the summer but it is the reverse that has happened. Juan Mata has established himself as an important member of the team and has so far started 16 games for the Red Devils and scored five goals during the process.

Indeed it was Jose Mourinho who sanctioned the sale of Juan Mata from Chelsea to Manchester United while he was the boss and many people far that he would again sell Mata to another club. However, it appears that Jose Mourinho has changed his mind about the player and he now considers him as an important member of the team. Continue reading

Juan Mata Recalls Difficult Game against Chelsea

Juan Mata has opened up on the difficult result he had to experience as part of the Manchester United team on their recent visit to Stamford Bridge.

United suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to compound their problems in recent weeks. It also marked a poor result upon his return to the Bridge for Mata. The Spaniard spent three years at the club during which time he was elevated as one of the fans’ and players’ favourite. He won the club’s Player of the Year award twice in his time at West London, but there was an acrimonious departure as soon as Jose Mourinho arrived at the club.

Now reunited with Mourinho at United, Mata has been part of the first team on a few occasions this season. Transfer rumours linking the Spaniard with a move away from United have died down in recent weeks, but he failed to start the game against Chelsea on Sunday. Continue reading

After Late Winner against Hull, Juan Mata Wants to Win Games Earlier

Juan Mata was unable to stay on the pitch for the full 90 minutes against Hull City, but it has been a remarkable transformation for the Spaniard under José Mourinho.

Back at Chelsea, the two did not get along well with each other. Mourinho frequently substitutedMata whenever he was chasing the game and the Spaniard often found himself on the bench towards the latter end of his Chelsea career. It has not been the case in the opening three games of the Premier league at Manchester United. Mata has played a starring role in the opening two victories, but he was substituted for youngster Marcus Rashford against Hull.

United were fervently chasing the elusive goal that would give them three points, but it looked like Hull were going to resist any attempts to so. Managed by caretaker boss Mike Phelan, who has a long history with United after serving as the club’s assistant manager for more than a decade, they put in a spirited performance. However, one lapse of concentration by the defenders in injury time allowed United to capitalise with youngster Rashford scoring the only goal of the game. The teenager also became the youngest scorer in a team managed by Mourinho in the Premier League.
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Juan Mata To Remain With Man United

Juan Mata has been in the news with the anticipation of how he would react after his former coach joins Man United.

Juan is a star player of the team and Jose Mourinho has coached him in his previous assignment. Though Jose is known to have set ideas about Juan’s abilities, Juan is ready to fight for the future of Manchester United. Indeed, if you check out the interviews he has given to his club, they emanate a positive feeling from the player towards his club that is palpable. He always has positive things to say about the Man United, his fellow players as well as about his coach or manager. Things have not changed even after Jose has come on board.

It is known that Jose had been transferred to Chelsea by Jose previously. On the other hand, the transfer window being open now, there are other teams that are keen on acquiring a player like Juan Mata. His former boss, Ronald Koeman is known to have admiration for the midfielder. Continue reading

Juan Mata Gets Back To Jose Mourinho

Juan Mata is known as a maestro in the midfield position for Manchester United. With the club getting Jose Mourinho as the new coach and manager, Juan would have to prove himself again in front of his former boss.

The pair has been familiar with each other, having worked at Chelsea together. The Spanish midfielder is definitely aware of what the manager demands out of a midfielder on the team. Jose has been offered a large sum of 37 million pounds to join and hence, the Portuguese manager has come on board the management of Manchester United. With the club having fallen out of the Premier League this season, Jose definitely has his job marked out for him.
Mata on the other hand has joined Manchester United after Chelsea and now he would have to impress his former manager to be able to secure a position in the first team. He would need to put in adequate efforts to showcase his skills along with others in the team. Mata would have to overturn the previous impression that Jose has of him which might make it slightly harder for him than others whom Jose would be observed for the first time. There are many young players taken onto the team and Jose would have to find the worthy players who can turn the fate of the team around and be able to guarantee positions in the forthcoming championship league games.
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Juan Mata wants to finish the season strongly with Manchester United

Despite having enjoyed a frustrating season with Manchester United this season, the midfielder still believes that there is still plenty to play for and that the team should focus on finishing the season strongly.

Indeed, the Red Devils are still on course to qualify for the Champions League, and they are already in the FA Cup final.

Mata believes that the final month of the campaign will determine the success of this campaign, and they can still save an otherwise frustrating season by qualifying for the Champions League as well as winning the FA Cup. He said that it would be a good thing to win the FA Cup since it has been a long time that Manchester United have not won it.

He sincerely believes that they can finish third or fourth in the Premier League if ever they win the remaining games of the season. However with the draw against Leicester City and also with the fact that Arsenal won, it is very likely that they will have to compete with Manchester City for the fourth place. Continue reading