Aug 4, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati (32) makes a save on Chelsea forward Juan Mata (10) during the second half at Metlife Stadium. Chelsea won the game 2-0.

Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Former Man United defender Gary Neville not sold on Juan Mata


There are reports that Manchester United and manager David Moyes are pursuing Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata. Chelsea is set to be looking for £35 million, a bit pricey. Certainly United would be desperate to add talent to fight back into the top four and the Champions League race, but one former Manchester United player isn’t sold on Mata.

“That’s a lot of money, 35 million quid, but they need a signing,” former United defender Gary Neville said, via Sky Sports“Does he fit with what I would call the typical philosophy of Manchester United? I would say no.

“The first question, I think, is where are you going to play him? Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are up top if they are fit so where are you going to play him? Are you going to play him off the left or off the right?

“They would have to change to accommodate Juan Mata in the way they normally play. They normally play with wide players. Sometimes they tuck in, but generally they have wide players and the thing for me is where is he going to play?

“He’s obviously a fantastic football player, there’s no doubt about that, but one thing it does do, I suppose, is that David Moyes, Manchester United and Ed Woodward need to sign a big player.”

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