Michael Owen: Why I’m not Man United star Juan Mata’s biggest fan

Michael Owen says that he has been largely unimpressed by Juan Mata and Robin van Persie this season

Michael Owen believes that both Robin van Persie and Juan Mata need to start “doing more” for Manchester United this season.

The Red Devils’ performances have been put under the spotlight this season as new manager Louis van Gaal looks to stamp his authority on the Old Trafford outfit.

Mata has scored five goals and made three assists in 19 Premier League games this term, while Van Persie has netted eight times and notched up two assists.

But former United forward Owen feels that the duo have not been up to scratch so far this term.

“The likes of Mata and Van Persie need to start doing more. Mata’s had a half-decent season but I wouldn’t say I’m his biggest fan,” Owen said, speaking on BT Sport’s Football Tonight Show.

“Ashley Young has been really good and done well when he’s played wing-back, he’s unlucky not to get in the team but it’s not very balanced at the moment.”

Former England international Owen also stated his belief that the Red Devils, who are currently fourth in the table and 12 points behind leaders Chelsea, have largely been under-performing this season.

“People keep saying they are going to get top four and that was the aim – that is absolute bare minimum,” Owen continued.

“Top four for Manchester United? After spending £150m and having the players they have and the stadium – they should be first, second, third. Third should be a bad season.

“How they are accepting that they are not challenging for the title having spent that money on those calibre of players. It’s not a good season.”

Van Gaal’s United take on Cambridge United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday before a home Premier League clash with Leicester City.

Michael Owen was speaking on Football Tonight, BT Sport’s football debate and news round-up show.

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