Juan Mata: ‘I don’t want to be a winger at Manchester United’

Juan Mata: ‘I don’t want to be a winger at Manchester United’


Manchester United’s Juan Mata seems to be the latest unsettled star at Old Trafford, with the Spaniard claiming he is unhappy at playing on the right wing at the club.


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Mata, a £37m January signing from rivals Chelsea, has played just six times for United, but is already unhappy with being stuck on the flanks, further exacerbating Moyes’ formation issues this season,

“Right now I am playing on the right but to honest I don’t see myself as a proper winger,” Mata told BT Sport (through ESPN)

“I love to play between the lines as a No.10, come inside, that is where I feel comfortable to play; to keep in touch with the ball because I love to play in possession and with the ball.”

Many would argue that despite him being named the club’s player of the month for February, Mata has failed to fully show his quality at United since his winter move.

The Spaniard, when on the top of his game, takes some stopping, but with both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney able to flit into Mata’s preferred number 10 position, he has often found himself deployed on the flanks, limiting his efficiency and evidently frustrating him.

David Moyes’ use of the player has been questioned on several occasions, with the issue now being addressed by Mata himself.

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Yet the 25-year-old does not begrudge sharing the field with his illustrious teammates, despite the ongoing problems, as he humbly pointed out,

“When we talk about them, we are talking about two of the best strikers in the world,” 

“Wayne is one of the best in the history of England, for sure, and Robin is the captain of Holland, so it is an honour for me to try and assist them because almost every chance you create is a goal.”

What do you think? How should Moyes fit all of his stars in? Let me know in the comments below…


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  1. Mata is the most importent player for succes in the team. He must play as nr 10. Rvp or Rooney must go, rooneys new contract = bye bye vrp helloo kroos and nr 1 position year after year and the man u glory will live for ever until end of timeeee

  2. wayne rooney should switch to play on the left.and we use juan mata behind the striker in no.10 role.

  3. DM is a nut to buy mata at a very high price and put him as a winger. He doesn’t have any idea on positional play and tactics.

  4. I don’t get it Tom, and maybe you can explain.

    When a player like Mata leaves Chelsea because he hates playing out of position, doesn’t get assurances from his next team that he won’t be forced to play out of position ?

    This is what I didn’t understand when Man U signed him, They have too many “number 10s” as is.

  5. Moyes stop using mata as a winger please, let me teach u mata 10 carrik or fulani 4 januzaj 7 buttner 11 chris 6, rafeal 2 rvp or chicharito9 rooney or welbeck 8 evra 3 jones or vidic 5

  6. first of all Moyes bought Mata just to buy himself some time we needed and still need a central midfielder but Moyes cannot get one no one but Roo wants to play for him,now why is Mata complaining he is lucky Moyes likes him look at Kagawa much better player but gets no playing time and if I was Moyes I would let Roo and RVP battle for that striker position and let Kagawa and Mata battle for number 10 or just play a 4_2_2_2 formation and get rid of wingers

  7. Man u should start using two strikers up front with Mata or kagawa behind them . they are not wingers .

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