Chelsea the Big Winner of Mata’s Move to Manchester United

Posted by – Here is one of my recent columns published at SWOL regarding Juan Mata’s move from Chelsea to Manchester United. Hope you enjoy it:

Joining EPL top gun, Chelsea, from Bankrupt La Liga team Valencia: Costs 23M

2 seasons later, benched by 3rd coach of the club(within 2 seasons), moving to Manchester United: Costs 37M.

Acquiring peace of mind to be invited to Spanish National team for 2014 World Cup games: Priceless.

That is about the only good outcome for Juan Mata, the recent record club signing of Manchester United.


Being turned down by Chelsea officials several times, when now, EPL title contender, Arsenal, bid on player several times, Mata was told “he would not be sold to a competitor within EPL”. Yet, in fear of not making the final cut to Spain’s 2014 World Cup squad, due to lack of games, he was sold to a team that will struggle to compete for any silverware this season.

It is a big honour for any player to play at Manchester United. However, Manchester United currently placed at 7th spot, and all but out of the Premier League title race, the Capital One Cup, and the FA Cup, could also doomed to play at Europa League, instead of elite Champions League next season.

There is a big question mark over Manchester United’s moves as well. The Red Devils that have suffered great losses due to their dismal defensive and central midfield errors this season, might not have needed an attacking midfielder like Mata, when the problem lies at the back. After all, conceding one of the highest number of goals amongst EPL’s top 10 teams, only proves the cause of disappointing results with the Manchester United camp.

The point is although Mata can quickly help rejuvenate Manchester United’s goal draught in the absence of injured Van Persie and Rooney, he is not the ultimate fix to the team’s defensive flaws.

In contrary, Chelsea is surely the big winner of the deal; While they have the luxury of fielding the likes of Eto’o, Ba, Schurrle and Torres up front, and Oscar, Willian, Hazard, Lampard, and Ramires in the middle, losing a benched player and pocketing over 15M profit in 2 years from Mata is surely more than a great deal for Chelsea.

They might have lost a talented player whom they never cherished, but when he was benched anyways, it would not hurt Chelsea to a great extent. At the same time,  at the end of the season, and if Manchester United fail to snatch UEFA Champions League spot, the Red Devils may agree to bound to Chelsea’s request, at a bargain price, and sell Wayne Rooney.

Abramovich and Mourinho are indeed having the last laugh in Mata’s transfer to Manchester United.
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