Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata will stay on at the club after talks with Mourinho, despite the possibility of a limited role at the club whereas fellow midfielder Andreas Pereira will be sent out on loan to Granada.
According to a report by Telegraph, after speaking to Mourinho about his future at the club, it has been decided that the Spaniard will stay on for the foreseeable future, but will have to get used to more time on the sidelines. The report further states that there will be a review of the squad in January, but it is understood that Mata will not be sold off in the few days left of the summer transfer window.
Mata has reportedly come to terms with the fact that he will spend a lot more time on the bench as Mourinho’s first choice right winger is Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who moved from Borussia Dortmund. Mata and Mourinho both share different philosophies and the former Valencia star’s style of play isn’t the kind that Mourinho prefers to have in his team.
This was made evident by their time at Chelsea together, where Mourinho sold Mata in the January transfer window of 2014 as he preferred Oscar in a more central role, primarily due to his defensive work-rate.
Despite offers from various clubs around Europe, Mata has decided to stay on for the time being and will likely look to win over Mourinho’s faith until the winter transfer window. With competition from Morgan Schneiderlin, Antonio Valencia, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Micheal Carrick, Ander Herrera, Antony Martial and Memphis Depay for starting spots in midfield, it is unlikely that Mata will be able to force his way into the squad unless the 28-year-old is able to suddenly change his style of play or the unfortunate event of an injury crisis hits Manchester United.
Should the former Champions League winner not be able to feature regularly at United, a move away in January may be on the cards.
Andreas Pereira set for move to Granada CF
Juan Mata will have one less midfielder to compete with for a spot in the team after Jose Mourinho confirmed today in his press conference that the Brazilian will be sent out on loan to La Liga side Granada CF.
After 14 first team appearances and 1 goals for United, Pereira, who is seen as one for the future has been loaned out to the Andalusian club in the hope that he will get more game time. Only aged 20, too much time on the United bench is likely to further hinder the development of the player, something that United will be keen to avoid.
The Brazilian under-23 international is set to join a growing list of players who have been sent out by United on loan, which include James Wilson to Derby County, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tyler Blackett to Reading.
Adnan Januzaj, who was once tipped for great things at United during the time of David Moyes has also been sent on loan to Sunderland, where he joins Paddy McNair and Donald Love, both of whom were signed by the Black Cats on permanent transfers.