Mata wants to play the No.10 role at Manchester United
Manchester United star Juan Mata has voiced his concerns as playing a winger in the team. The Spaniard insists he wants to play as a No. 10 rather than being left far wide out on the wing. Mata believes Manchester United will be truly reaping benefits from him if he is allowed to play behind the frontline.
After moving in from Chelsea for a club record at Manchester United (37.1 million), Mata played in his first couple of games at his favorite position, behind the striker. However Manchester United manager took away his free role in the attack and preferred to use on the wing.
In the six appearances Mata has made for Manchester United since moving away from Stamford Bridge in January, the Spain international feels he could have settled better at the club at the No. 10 spot.
Mata has been demanding a spot behind striker Robin van Persie and even an assisting role with forward Wayne Rooney. Moyes hasn’t taken heed from Mata’s hint yet and continues to play him on the right wing.
“I love to play between the lines,” Mata told BT Sport. “Right now I am playing on the right but to honest I don’t see myself as a proper winger. I like to play between the lines as a No. 10.
“[When I] come inside, that is where I feel comfortable to play, to keep in touch with the ball because I love to play in possession and with the ball.”
Manchester United’s current No.10 is Rooney, who only signed a long term contract which makes him the most expensive player in the Premier League. Mata was the Player of the Year for Chelsea last year, and that too while he operated at the No. 10 position.
It appears next to impossible for the Spanish attacking midfielder to takeover Rooney’s spot in the squad, especially when the England international has been the face of the club for years. Moreover, Rooney has developed on-field chemistry with the rest of the team. Moyes knows he would have to take a big risk to introduce Mata in his spot.
Mata well understands the significance Rooney and Van Persie at Manchester United. Rooney is considered to be an idol at the club and Van Persie helped the club acquire their 20th league title last season.
“When we talk about them, we are talking about two of the best strikers in the world, Wayne one of the best for sure in the history of England and Robin as well is the captain of Holland so it is an honor for me to try and assist them because almost every chance you create is a goal,” Mata added.