Juan Mata can’t do much more at Man United, says Liverpool legend
Danny Murphy doesn't know what more Juan Mata can do to secure Manchester United starting spot
Danny Murphy has sympathised with Juan Mata after the Manchester United forward was dropped for their clash against Leicester City on Sunday.
The Spain international was left on the bench at the Foxes despite scoring two top-flight goals in four Premier League appearances last season.
And former Liverpool midfielder Murphy feels manager Louis van Gaal could struggle to keep the likes of Mata, Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Perise all happy.
“Manchester United won 4-0 against QPR, they played really well and Juan Mata scored. What more can he do he?” Murphy told BBC Sport.
“The problem for Man United this season will be leaving big names out. Without Champions League football, will Louis van Gaal be able to keep those players happy?
“Because it does not matter how much money you earn, if you are not playing you are unhappy. And those players could become a negative influence on the team.”
Mata has scored eight goals in 19 Premier League appearances since moving to Old Trafford.