Juan Mata has been under-utilised for 8 years at Man Utd

Juan Mata was given the chance to say his goodbyes to Manchester United fans this week with his first Premier League start of the season in the club’s final home game.

It marks the end of eight-and-a-half years at Old Trafford for Mata, who is out of contract at the end of June and set to depart the club as a free agent.

The 34-year-old, who was seen outside Old Trafford more than 90 minutes after the final whistle against Brentford signing autographs and posing for pictures with supporters in the Manchester rain, has been a popular figure since his 2014 arrival.

Mata has spent most of the season on the bench since signing a one-year extension to his contract last summer. Overall, his game time has been gradually decreasing ever since 2018.

Yet the Spaniard’s sudden appearance back in the starting lineup and surprisingly impressive performance has given fans fresh reason to wonder if he could have achieved more as a United player following what was, at the time, a club record £37.1m move from Chelsea.

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