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‘We aren’t spending next summer’: Lots of MUFC fans respond to Mata contract claims

Juan Mata is out of contract at the end of the season but had positive talks with the boss about a new deal last week.

According to The Sun, the 30-year-old sat down with caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to discuss his future, and it is understood that the Norwegian has now recommended the club hand Mata a12-month extension.

The report adds that there will be the option of a further year and he will earn a similar wage package to what he is currently on (£170,000-a-week).

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Back in November, talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham said Mata would leave United for free in the summer and join rivals Arsenal, to reunite with former coach Unai Emery. Though alleged interest in joining the Gunners probably wasn’t helped by José Mourinho still being in charge at that time, whereas Solskjaer has created a much happier environment within the club, so it’s no surprise that more players are signing contract extensions to stay at Old Trafford.

Mata came off early in United’s recent outing against Liverpool, a scoreless draw that saw Solskjaer forced into making three first-half substitutions to cater for injuries.

“Everything possible seemed to happen to us,” Mata wrote in his personal blog. “If there is a game that no United players want to miss, it is when we play Liverpool, but you have to accept that injuries are a part of the sport.

 “Luckily, I can’t remember having faced a similar situation in a game and that is after more than 12 years as a professional, it is the first time that a muscular injury has forced me off during a match.

“In reality, I have to be grateful, as it is an uncommon record for a football player, but this one came during a derby. It was a shame, and on top of that it wasn’t the only injury – Ander and Jesse both had to go off for the same reason. 

“It was incredible that all of this happened in just the first half. It wasn’t the dream start we’d imagined for such a big game, but the team competed well despite the injuries and we even had the better goalscoring chances.

“In terms of my own injury problem, I could feel something for a few minutes and I hope that I didn’t make it worse when racing to stop Salah on the counter-attack (I had to do it!).

“I am hoping it isn’t anything serious. I will do everything that I can to get back as soon as possible.”


Here is how United fans reacted to the news on Twitter. Some mixed reactions to say the least!

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