Juan Mata opens up about working under four different managers at Man United
According to a report by The Sun, Manchester United star Juan Mata has opened up about his experience of working under four different managers since joining the club.
Mata is one of our most experienced players and has seen numerous changes since first joining us in 2014.
Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, there has been a lot of chaos at United – particularly when it comes to the managerial hot seat. Mata was signed by David Moyes but three months later, the Scotsman was sacked.
Then came in Louis van Gaal followed by Jose Mourinho. Both enjoyed varying degrees of successes in their own regard but due to a sheer lack of consistency, both managers were eventually shown the exit door.
Speaking about the situation from his own point of view on UTD Podcast (h/t The Sun), Mata admitted that Moyes needed to be dismissed due to a lack of positive results.
He then went on to label van Gaal as “scary” yet “sensible” (h/t The Sun) and that is a fair assessment, considering we were able to win the FA Cup during his tenure.
However, that wasn’t enough for him to continue and he was sacked shortly after. And then came Mourinho, who led us to a League Cup win and a Europa League triumph.
Despite suggestions of a rift between the two, Mata cleared the air and reinforced that these rumours were simply false. In fact, he suggested that he was looking forward to it, having worked with Mourinho at Chelsea before (h/t The Sun).
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With Solskjaer at the helm now, Mata said that he is happy with his on-field role – albeit limited – but is even more pleased with his off-field duties of shaping and nurturing the younger players.