After watching last night’s torture unfolding – and for those who didn’t, just to clarify, it was pure and uninterrupted torture – it can be hard to find any reasons at all to be cheerful this morning, with United dumped out of another competition and increasingly look like a mid-table side – one incapable of taking penalties, at that.
However, there might be a ray of light finally about to shine on David Moyes’ squad as Chelsea have reportedly accepted United’s £37m for Juan Mata, meaning that the Spaniard could be on his way to Old Trafford soon.
Having first been linked with the Spaniard two days ago, United yesterday submitted an offer, thought to be in the region of £35m-£40m, via a third-party – Ed Woodward being Ed Woodward things could not be approached normally and safely when it comes to signing players.
Mata did not attend training yesterday and, according to reports on the Daily Telegraph, he has already accepted personal terms with United and will have a medical today, after Jose Mourinho sanctioned the move.
Given the way United have operated in the transfer window in recent years, however, one would be forgiven for keeping the champagne on ice until Mata actually runs out at Old Trafford wearing a red shirt but, surely, even United can’t bottle this transfer, can they?