Juan Mata hits back at Jose Mourinho with Man United stats

Juan Mata has his say on Jose Mourinho's decision to sell him to Manchester United

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Jose Mourinho’s decision to allow Juan Mata to leave Chelsea to join Manchester United back in January 2014 certainly raised some eyebrows.

The Spanish playmaker had just been voted the west London club’s player of the season for the second successive year and was a firm fan’s favourite at Stamford Bridge.

However, Mourinho deemed Mata to be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and after the Spaniard fell down the pecking order, he opted to sell him to David Moyes’ United side last year.

Mata, however, has since established himself as a first-team regular under new manager Louis van Gaal and helped the Red Devils wrap up a top-four finish last season.

And the 27-year-old has hit back at the Chelsea boss over his decision to sell him to United and says his form for the Red Devils has proved his quality to the Old Trafford outfit.

Mata told The Times: “If a luxury player is a player who scores and assists and has good stats – then I’m happy to be a luxury player.

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“I want luxury players in my team. I like creative players and players who do different things. It’s easy to say certain players are luxuries, especially when you’ve lost a game.

“When you lose a certain kind of player – the creative players – always get the blame.

“I’ve scored as many goals for Manchester United in the Premier League as for Chelsea, but in something like 30 games less.

“In terms of scoring and assisting and I’m quite happy with the stats, and stats don’t lie. They are facts.”

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