Why Juan Mata has to start for Man United
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Man United’s Juan Mata stats
After beating Liverpool last weekend, Jose Mourinho switched up his starting XI against Sevilla.
One of the players who lost their spot was Juan Mata. Instead his spot in the team went to Jesse Lingard, while Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford also started.
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Mata was given 13 minutes at the end of the game, but that was too little too late.
Should Mata be starting instead of Alexis Sanchez? The stats would suggest ‘yes’.
This season when Mata has been in the Man United XI, the results are as follows: 23 wins, 4 draws, 1 defeat.
When Mata is left out the United starting team the record reads: 8 defeats, 7 wins and 2 draws.
As for Alexis Sanchez, since arriving from the Gunners in the January window the Chilean hasn’t been able to replicate the form that he produced with Arsenal over the last few years.
Alexis has scored just one goal for the Red Devils, a rebounded tap in from a penalty that he had previously missed against Huddersfield at Old Trafford..
The Manchester United fans were clearly expecting more from their marquee signing and new number 7.
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March 14, 2018 at 06:19AM