Juan Mata Dismisses Past Rift with Jose Mourinho

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has dismissed any speculation of a rift between him and manager José Mourinho in the past.

The Portuguese was in charge of Chelsea when the club sold Juan Mata to Manchester United for £37 million. The move was widely criticised largely because Mata was one of the best players at Chelsea back then. The Spaniard has never really hit the same heights since his move to Old Trafford, but there are signs of resurgence in the last few months. United have never managed to lose a game when Mata has been part of the starting line-up.

This statistic is likely to lead Mata regaining his first-team spot, but under Mourinho. The Portuguese is going through a difficult spell where almost every decision has been questioned. United have struggled heavily in the league despite spending yet another £ 150 million on new players. The club has been going through a period of heavy spending for the last three consecutive summers as they try to bring back the glory days of Sir Alex Ferguson. Mata has opened up on his departure from Chelsea and claims that most of the speculation about a fallout with Mourinho were widely untrue.

“Too many things were said, too many stories were created as well – lies.The truth is nothing happened. I came here to play for Manchester United and that is it. My relationship with the manager is normal. I have said this before and I will say it again; it is a professional relationship.He didn’t sit down with me, no, but I do feel an important part of this team – I really do. I am happy with the football I am producing now, and that’s the most important thing,” said Mata about his relationship with Mourinho. The Spaniard hastwo goals and one assist in eight league matches this season.

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