Juan Mata: How I reacted to Jose Mourinho coming to Man United

Juan Mata opens up about Jose Mourinho's appointment at Man United back in 2016

Juan Mata
Juan Mata (Photo: The Sport Review)

Juan Mata has insisted that he faced the situation “positively” when Jose Mourinho was appointed as the Manchester United manager back in 2016.

Mourinho was brought in to replace Louis van Gaal at the end of the 2015-16 season after the Red Devils opted to part company with the Dutchman.

The move came just a short time after Mourinho had sold Mata to Manchester United when he was still in charge of Chelsea FC back in 2014.

News of Mourinho’s appointment inevitably sparked speculation about Mata’s future at Old Trafford after he was sold by the Portuguese coach while at Chelsea FC.

However, Mata ended up staying at Manchester United and holding down a relatively regular spot in the first team under the Portuguese manager.

Writing in his autobiography, Suddenly A Footballer, Mata said: “Louis was gone and rumours about Jose being appointed as Manchester United’s new manager acquired a life of their own.

“A few days later, the rumours had become fact. Mourinho was my manager again.

“And, despite the concern of my family, friends and many people, I was determined to face the situation as I’d always tried to: positively.

“As expected, so many stories came out again in the press. I had no possible future at the club. I had already agreed to leave.

“Far too many people believed the information was true, again, and reached the conclusion that I had no future under him.

“Jose and I were together at Chelsea before, of course, and after having being together for sixth months, my career would take a different direction: Manchester.

“Yes, I didn’t enjoy as much playing time as I would have loved to or was used to during those six months, but I never had a personal problem with Jose.

“Naturally, people assumed that the story would repeat itself. I was determined it wouldn’t.”

Mata will be hoping to feature for Manchester United when the Red Devils return to Premier League action on Monday night with a crunch clash against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are aiming to try and win just their third Premier League game so far this season after having lost 2-1 to West Ham United last time out.

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