A move to Major League Soccer has been touted as an option for Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata by ESPN’s Mark Ogden. This is sure to excite fans of American clubs.
An array of top players have left Europe towards the end of their careers to live that American dream. The likes of David Beckham, David Villa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney were all a credit to the league — and we hope Javier Hernandez is the latest to enjoy his time in the MLS, with LA Galaxy.
Mata, who won the World Cup with Spain, will turn 32 this summer and doesn’t play as regularly as he’d like for United. It also looks like manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to rebuild his squad with younger players with names like Jack Grealish and James Maddison strongly linked with moves to Old Trafford.
I would still argue that Mata has a worthy place at United as his understanding with Bruno Fernandes was a delight to watch before games were suspended over the coronavirus pandemic. They are similar players and the Portuguese star was getting the best out of all his team-mates after signing for the Red Devils in January.
This bodes well for the future of United and Mata has only got a taste of playing with Fernandes, and he may snub a move to MLS in order to enjoy another year at Old Trafford. Speaking of enjoying one self, visiting 7Sultans Casino is one way to do so…
Meanwhile, Ogden said that MLS is a potential future destination for the Spanish international:
“I think Mata is a player that would try new experiences. So I don’t think the MLS would be something you could rule out with Juan Mata. I think he’d probably embrace the idea.”
Renowned for his likeable character, charity work and professionalism, Mata would be a hit in the States. He has never been the fastest and his vision, technical skill, and creativity would go down a treat across the pond.
Being one of Solskjaer’s more experienced players, the Old Trafford boss may not want to lose Mata this summer, and he’s bound to have a good influence on the young players coming through. This is why I think United should offer him a coaching role whenever he decides to hang up the boots.
It’s not as if Mata is going to be in United’s starting line-up next season. He seldom made it this season and surely there are plans to strengthen the squad again?
Mata should go down as one of the best United signings of the post-Ferguson era. We’ve endured difficult times but the little Spanish magician popped up with some special moments, like when he netted a brace at Anfield.
It would be sad to see him leave but all good things must come to an end. I certainly wouldn’t hold it against him!
As for Alexis Sanchez, the quicker he leaves the better.