Stats suggest Jose Mourinho shouldn’t sell this Manchester United duo
Oulala stats show that Juan Mata and Daley Blind were two of Man United's top performers last season
Jose Mourinho has been giving his Manchester United squad a facelift in recent weeks ahead of the new Premier League season.
The Red Devils boss has already signed Villarreal defender Eric Bailly, Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the summer transfer window.
According to a report in The Daily Record, the new United manager is looking to sell Daley Blind, Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and Bastian Schweinsteiger before the start of the season.
However, Oulala’s stats suggest that Mourinho would be foolish to get rid of Blind and Mata after the United pair were two of Louis van Gaal’s most-consistent players last term.
The Spanish midfielder completed more passes than any of his team-mates in the 2015/16 season ahead of Morgan Schneiderlin and Antonio Valencia.
Mata created 11 more chances than United captain Wayne Rooney (42) and France international Antonio Martial. Only the England skipper made more assists than the former Chelsea forward’s five last term.
Blind, meanwhile, made 1,665 successful passes in the 2015/16 Premier League campaign, beating the likes of Mata and Michael Carrick.
The Netherlands international made 20 blocks alongside Chris Smalling (19) as the ex-Ajax star helped United keep one of the best defensive records in the division.
Only Matteo Darmian won more tackles than Blind’s 67, highlighting the versatile player’s defensive attributes, too.
Examining Oulala’s insightful stats, United manager Mourinho might want to consider giving Blind and Mata a chance to prove their value to their new boss.