Here's the reason Jose Mourinho loves Juan Mata now
Jose Mourinho may have sold Juan Mata during his time at Chelsea, but the Spaniard is a key player for his Manchester United side.
That’s f0r one reason, and Mourinho made it his mission to lavish praise on Mata, and make it clear he was a vital cog in his trophy hunting machine.
Mourinho said: “When I came here people thought Mata was in trouble but I knew he wouldn’t be in trouble.
“One thing was the football I wanted my Chelsea to play and the other thing I want my Manchester United to play.
“Mata has adapted to the football I want to play. I knew since the beginning he would be an important player.”
Of course, Manchester United are in a fight for the top four, a fight for the Europa League trophy, still in the FA Cup and are in the final of the EFL Cup.
That means Mourinho needs all his players, and they’re important to him – and Mata will be looking forward to some more game time – but it will also be key for fringe players like Luke Shaw and even Anthony Martial to have some game time and be able to impress.