Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mata a Better Fit at Reds Than Chelsea

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mata a Better Fit at Reds Than Chelsea

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JOSE Mourinho believes Juan Mata is a better fit at United than he was at Chelsea.

Mourinho was in charge at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea sanctioned Mata's Pounds 37.1m move to United in January 2014.

There was speculation Mourinho could look to offload Mata again after he took over from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in summer.

But the Portuguese coach insists the Spaniard, who scored in the 4-1 win over Leicester on Saturday, is now an important part of his plans.

He said: "First of all I didn't sell him, because my job is not to buy and sell.

"My job is to coach, to work on the pitch and advise my boards about the transfer policy. I don't like to buy and sell.

"He was one who asked to leave, and when a player asks to leave you obviously have to think twice.

"My idea of football with the squad I had at Chelsea and the objectives is one thing and the football I want to play at United - the profile of my squad and what I want to try to do in this club - is completely different. …

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