Mata: A Boon or an Expensive Curse?



Juan Mata’s transfer, moving from Chelsea to Manchester United, is the most expensive transfer ever for the red devils, the £37.1million splashed on the Spaniard being almost £7 million than the previous record, when Dimitar Berbatov moved to Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspurs.

Manager David Moyes, with this piece of business, obviously wants to give his players that extra bit of jolt that would spur his players, and his team for that matter, on to winning ways. He would have looked to the Red side of London, where Mesut Ozil’s arrival prompted a revival of Arsenal’s season.

However, Manchester United has not exactly had a history of spending money wisely. Of their most expensive transfers, namely Berbatov, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Juan Sebastian Veron, Marouane Fellaini and Anderson, arguably only two have served the club well – Ferdinand and Rooney. The others have been unmitigated disasters.

Thus David Moyes will have to be careful in how he uses his latest signing. Mata undoubtedly has talent – after all he was named Chelsea’s player of the season for two years running. However, this season, he has made only 11 appearances across competitions and has completed 90 minutes exactly once. He will be eager to get more game time, especially with the World Cup looming right around the corner, but whether he is match fit, and the right tonic for Moyes’s ailing United, remains to be seen.