Juan Mata is Manchester United's most important player vs Liverpool
"Tends to play laterally, struggles to complete 90 minutes and is defensively weak," was the explanation one Jose Mourinho sycophant gave when attempting to justify Juan Mata's omission from the Chelsea team in 2013.
Three years on, Mata is struggling to complete 90 minutes. Mourinho has substituted him in eight of his nine appearances for Manchester United this season - even when Mata emerged as a substitute in the Community Shield. Defensively weak is fair, too. Louis van Gaal and Mourinho distrusted Mata as the playmaker behind the striker and Mata has not lined up there once... read more
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