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United confirm Mata signing

1169445-21050957-640-360The news we had been waiting for, finally began to filter last night, as first just a couple of sources, then the whole media outlet confirmed that, yes, Juan Mata will be a Manchester United signing, the second time in 18 months that United secure one of their rivals’ best player of the season, having already done so with RVP.

The Spaniard arrives at Old Trafford with a club record price-tag on his back, the deal to take Mata to United thought to be worth in the region of £40m, thus dwarfing the £30.75m United shelled out for Dimitar Berbatov on deadline day in August 2008, a sign of times, perhaps.

More importantly, Mata’s arrival is David Moyes’ first success since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford dugout last July and the United manager will be desperate for his new signing to deliver a much-needed boost to his new team.

Mata will undergo a medical today and he’s expected to pun pen to paper on a lucrative deal and could make his Manchester United debut on Tuesday, when Cardiff City visit Old Trafford.

The deal had been delayed as Chelsea wanted to tie up the signing of Mohamed Salah from Basel, before putting pen to paper to the transfer agreement, but after the last formalities were resolved, Manchester Unite released an official statement to confirm their new club record signing.

“Manchester United is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement with Chelsea for the transfer of Juan Mata for a club record fee. The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course,” said the statement on United’s official website.

Mata isn’t going to be the solution to all of United’s problems, but he remains an incredible signing, particularly considering how difficult it is to capture world class players in the January transfer window and how many thought David Moyes did not have the necessary charm to lure players like Mata to Old Trafford.



  1. Kenny Awomuti

    January 25, 2014 at 10:10 am

    A gud one 4 United.Mata will surely deliver

  2. orus diouf

    January 25, 2014 at 10:59 am

    did we sure mata can solve united problem?

  3. red astair

    January 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

    With the arrival of Mata, Utd’s firepower will be phenomenal. Just need to sort out MF now and I’m sure we’ll start doing the business again.

  4. colver

    January 25, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Red astair what about our defence? That has been woeful as well. While our midfield sucks the rate of our decline is in no small part because we’ve gone from having the best defence in the world in 2008 to having an injury prone, error prone mixture of creaking older players and naive young defenders.

    For my money an experienced central defender such as Garay and a utility midfielder such as Guarin would have given us a far better chance of saving our season than bringing in Mata for the equivalent amount.

    Of course Mata is Manchester United quality even if he does prefer to play in the exact same position as Rooney, who is undeniably our best player this season. But I’m not sure how far he can go to paper over the evidence cracks in our team

    • red astair

      January 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      @colver: Defence is a problem but it’s made worse by the lack of cover in MF. I would like to see Jones and Smalling given a run of games together in central defence, to see if they can build a partnership. The possible swap between Chicarito and Guarin would be good for all concerned but I can’t help but feel it would be a short term solution, Still it might give us a better chance at CL qualification this season.

  5. slowshow

    January 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    My younger bro is a Inter fan and he always complains that Guarin is one of their poorest players. I have watched him for some time and can conclude that he brings close to nothing to that team and if we get him, we’ll be in for some frustration just like we are with Nani.

    • red astair

      January 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      @slowshow: Sounds as if Utd should save their money and go for Vidal or someone similar instead.

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