He wasnt out of form as much as not being pickedNot sure if the Bruno comparisons are warranted, Mata has played at a higher level for longer and won more than Bruno but they are different stages of their career. Mata's been out of form while Bruno has established himself.
It's an apples and oranges comparison even if they play similar positions.
Exactly. Play him with technically good players and he'll drop a 7/10 or higher every week. Play him with Lingard and Ighalo, and you'd see him drop a 4/10He’s the smartest player in the side. Always looks far better when surrounded by players like VdB, Bruno etc, people who can play the way he wants too
...and yet, no coaching debate still on.Seems like Ole is the only one that has understood Mata as a player. Moyes was rigid. LvG didn't allow creative freedom. Mourinho set player into a specific system so under all three Mata was a limited player often chucked on the right where his strengths wasn't utilized. He's got slightly better players around him now.