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Juan Mata 2019-20 Performances

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  1. Aug 31, 2019

    Devil may care Full Member

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    He picked up some good positions in the first half and fed in 3 or 4 decent little passes into the forwards, the issue is his brain often moves quicker than his body can react these days, faded as the half went on. Better than Lingard? Yes in that he has a picture of what's around him and more intelligent use of the ball, but the fact him and Lingard are our two main options for the #10 role is just another example of the mess we are in.

    I think he runs out of steam around the hour mark in most games these days, he rarely ever plays a full 90.
  2. Aug 31, 2019

    kiristao Full Member

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    He had a good game. Normally has a good game when he plays in the 10 role. Why he doesnt play there more often I don't know
  3. Sep 5, 2019

    Rob Bowman Full Member

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  4. Sep 6, 2019

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  5. Sep 6, 2019

    Bwuk Full Member

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    I agree. Until our squad improves I’d be playing him as the 10 every week.
  6. Sep 6, 2019

    Ekeke Full Member

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    He was below average, but still better than Lingard's performances in previous matches
  7. Sep 8, 2019

    Livvie Executive Manager being kept sane only by her madn Scout

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    He wasn't below average at all. He was the last one who should have been taken off - was the only one creating anything. Neither of the players who came on have done anything or did anything, to justify the change.

    I'll stick with the opinions of the pundits, and Paul Scholes, ta. (And mine)
  8. Sep 8, 2019

    R'hllor Full Member

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    Funny how we aint able to plan our future further than a year but in case of future ambassador role, nailed it.
  9. Sep 8, 2019

    Ekeke Full Member

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    Matic came on from the 67th minute and had 35 touches to Mata's 40.

    Mata drifted out of the game like always only able to play on the fringes instead of providing a consistent threat
  10. Sep 8, 2019

    Livvie Executive Manager being kept sane only by her madn Scout

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    Mata
    We looked like creating something with Mata...who also had a big part in our goal...but Matic resembles a plank of wood. Might have had more touches, but did what? Its not the size of the boat but the motion of the ocean ;)
  11. Sep 8, 2019

    anant Full Member

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    Are you comparing touches of a defensive midfielder with that of an attacker?

    Mata was clearly our best creator that day, and I'd go as far as to say among the front 6 that played, he was our 2nd best player. Any chance that we created involved him in it
  12. Sep 8, 2019

    VP89 Pogba's biggest fan

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    They operated in completely different positions, and Matic came on when we faced 10 men. You can't just compare stats blindly.
  13. Sep 10, 2019

    Caesar2290 New Member

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    To me Mata needs to be used as a sub in the last 25-30 minutes of the game when we are struggling to break a compact defense or when we are chasing a goal. The man clearly can't last the whole 90 minutes.

    Simple start Lingard/Gomes and if needed simply sub them with Mata.
  14. Sep 10, 2019

    red woppit Full Member

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    Mata would be my 10 for the rest of the season, and I would gradually introduce Gomes into that role, and I believe by the end of this season Gomes will have made that position his own. The only other player, I feel, who could get minutes there would be Pereira. I'm amazed by the negative reaction to Mata by some posters on here, and yes, he is slowing down, but he never was that quick, but around the penalty area he is always making things happen, with his runs, little dinked passes etc. If Gomes can pick up some experience from Mata, then I think he could become a world class player.
  15. Sep 10, 2019

    The Cat Doesn't know his own mobile number

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    I don't really care how often or when he plays but every minute should be at 10 and not wide.
  16. Sep 10, 2019

    red woppit Full Member

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    Indeed, the ONLY position he should play.
  17. Sep 10, 2019

    Raw Full Member

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    It's what I've always thought for the last few years yet we've totally wasted his career by forcing him out wide.
  18. Sep 10, 2019

    romufc Full Member

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    I think he played well when he was on the pitch. As with his age, you would be tired after 65 minutes, so wouldn't mind seing him rotated with Gomes?
  19. Sep 11, 2019

    Andycoleno9 Full Member

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    I am so pissed that we spent all these years with rotating players on no10 while we had him. Sure, some big away games when we play defensive are not for him but in all other games he is perfect no10. And as said it above, him as a first choice and Gomes as second choice is a way to go this season. No more Pogba, Lingard or Pereira on no10. Lets use players who are natural there
  20. Sep 11, 2019

    Roboc7 Full Member

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    Hopefully we stop playing with a 10, when our options are Mata or Lingard there really isn’t much point.
  21. Sep 11, 2019

    Inter Yer Nan Full Member

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    If we are going to play a number 10, then it has to be Mata with Gomes subbing in and maybe rotating. Lingard is useless, Pereira is worse, so what else is there?
  22. Sep 11, 2019

    Andycoleno9 Full Member

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    In general i don't like formation with no10. It is formation from old days and i prefer to see 433. But i disagree about Mata. He was excellent no10 before joining us. True class player. Passing, creativity, vision, finishing, technique...he has it all. He is joy to watch.
    Is he that today? I don't know because he barely plays there.
  23. Sep 12, 2019

    Roboc7 Full Member

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    At his peak he was an excellent player and even very good out wide which he played a lot before he joined us. Now he’s neat and tidy but creates little. A number 10 needs to be a real threat which he isn’t, it’s a huge error to be playing this formation if it’s dependent on Mata or Lingard as both aren’t very good.
  24. Threadmark: Man Utd 1:0 Leicester
    Sep 14, 2019 at 17:02

    Santoryo ripping the reward

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    I don't remember him managing to compete even a single pass. Lost the ball everytime he touched it.

    He's quite literally utterly useless in our midfield due to his lack of presence and doesn't help getting the ball back. Every challange he loses. This could have been overlooked if he was producing the goods on the ball yet he's even worse with the ball. Even his godly touch had deserted him.

    He was simply just feeding and gifting the opponents possession.
  25. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:03

    bosnian_red Worst scout to ever exist

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    Not suited to starting pretty much any league games these days tbh. Should be useful in the Europa league though.
  26. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:04

    NemanjaWhoah New Member

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    He was terrible today. Watching a performance like that just shows we should give Gomes a chance - there's no way he would've been any worse.
  27. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:05

    Yagami Full Member

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    I really don't like him playing. He's so rubbish.
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    the hea Full Member

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    He's finished. He could barely run in the second half.
  29. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:05

    Ekeke Full Member

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    Played like a team mascot
  30. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:06

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    Hardly in the game at all. Not good enough to start games for us anymore.
  31. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:06

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    His legs don’t seem up to speed with his head.
  32. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:08

    Annihilate Now! ...or later, I'm not fussy Scout

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    Was fine, didn't score or run at the speed of light so the moaners will get their knickers in a twist I'm sure.

    That move for his chance in the second half was delightful, probably our best team move of the game.
  33. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:08

    AneRu Full Member

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    Starting him, Matic and Pereira effectively left us playing 7 v 11.
  34. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:08

    R'hllor Full Member

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    He should be in EL team
  35. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:09

    #07 makes new threads with tweets in the OP

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    Mata's a nice guy but, for a Spaniard, he takes a lot of needless touches that often lead to him getting caught on the ball. Also, he's another I look at think, is he giving the team massively more than Angel Gomes would? Yeah, yeah, yeah 'experience' but what did that 'experience' offer us today? Cos when Leicester took control of the game he didn't help settle the side. In fact he got subbed.

    It pains me to say it but there's no way he should've got a new contract out of United.
  36. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:09

    RussellWilson Full Member

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    I'm done. Really we're not giving Gomes a chance for past it shite like this? Really, this is the plan.
  37. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:10

    Based Adnan New Member

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    Completely useless in a game like today where it's pretty open and we need mobility in midfield. How he lasted as long as he did I have no idea. Offers virtually nothing.

    2+1 year contract though
  38. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:10

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    The kind of performance that Gary Neville retired after. He just looks shot. It's a shame because he's so likeable.
  39. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:13

    Zlaatan Parody Account

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    He might be one of the most creative players in the team but his legs are long gone. He shouldn’t be on the pitch unless we’re playing against a parked and tired bus.
  40. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:13

    Sandikan aka sex on the beach

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    Supreme touch, technique, vision and passing, but just cannot get away, or even get a yard from anyone.
    Which unfortunately means unless he's in acres of space, he can look like a kid against grown ups.

    Europa and league cup for certain, but should be a special occasions job in the league - which in fairness today was - with a few out.
  41. Sep 14, 2019 at 17:18

    Yagami Full Member

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    I get that you're a big fan but he was far from fine. I think he gave the ball away at nearly every opportunity.