English Premiership

Mourinho dismisses Mata exit rumours

2016-08-15 18:57
Juan Mata (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has laughed off reports claiming he does not see a future for attacking midfielder Juan Mata at the club.

Reports in the media claimed the Spaniard was not in the plans of the former Chelsea boss, citing his role in selling him upon his second stint with the Blues and for subbing him in the second-half of their Community Shield triumph over Leicester City.

However, the Spain international was handed a start by the Portuguese tactician and scored the opening goal in the Red Devils 3-1 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday at the Vitality Stadium.

"One thing is the stories people write. The other thing is the reality," he said after the game. "Seeing what happened in our previous club, people thought he had no future. It is completely different.

"I trust him. Every time he plays, I know what he can give and I know what he cannot give. He has a lot to give."

"We have a very good group with lots of options. It is difficult to say that 'this player' is more important than 'this player.' I analyse in the week."


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