Man United outcast Juan Mata reveals he ‘will talk to incoming manager Erik ten Hag’ over future


Man United outcast Juan Mata refuses to rule out another season at Old Trafford as the midfielder reveals he ‘will talk to incoming manager Erik ten Hag’ before making a decision on his future

  • Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata’s contract is set to expire on June 30 
  • The 30-year-old has made just six Premier League appearances this season 
  • He revealed he will make a decision over his future after talks with Erik ten Hag 
  • The Spaniard signed a one-year contract extension with the club last summer 

Juan Mata has not ruled out another season at Manchester United, revealing he will have discussions with new manager Erik ten Hag over his future. 

The midfielder’s contract expires on June 30 and he is anticipated to leave United at the end of the season. 

The Spaniard has dropped down the pecking order at Old Trafford this season, making just six Premier League appearances, but has fought his way back into the starting XI in the Red Devils’ last two games. 

The midfielder will have talks with Erik ten Hag over his future

Juan Mata (left) has not ruled out another season at Man United and will have talks with Erik ten Hag (right)

Despite being expected to leave on a free transfer alongside Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard, the 34-year-old refused to rule out another term. 

The Spaniard told The Athletic that he has a ‘conversation pending’ with incoming boss Ten Hag and will make a decision on his future following the discussions. 

‘I will see when we speak how we feel, what his ideas are, after that a decision will be made.’ 

The Spaniard has dropped down the pecking, making just six Premier League appearances

The Spaniard has dropped down the pecking, making just six Premier League appearances

Mata signed a a one-year contract extension last summer on greatly reduces wages to stay at the club and revealed he made the decision for a number of reasons.

He said: ‘First because I love the club, second because I hoped I could give much more on the pitch than I ended up doing, and third because last season was horrible for me, for many reasons, especially because of the passing of my mum.

‘It wasn’t an easy season at all with the pandemic and that personal tragedy. 

‘I didn’t want to end my career at Manchester United that way, without fans in the stadium, with all that I have lived over the last months.’

The midfielder signed a a one-year contract extension last summer on greatly reduced wages

The midfielder signed a a one-year contract extension last summer on greatly reduced wages

He added: ‘I am gonna be very honest, when we made the signings we made I genuinely felt, “We are gonna really compete to win the Premier League now. That’s why I renewed, I wanted to be part of that. 

‘One of the things I always say: winning a massive trophy with Manchester United would be an incredible feeling after being here for so many years, knowing the fans and everyone working in the club like I do.’ 

Mata hopes Ten Hag can revive United’s fortunes next season, whether he is still at the club or not. 

He appreciates the Dutchman’s style of play, insisting he has a ‘clear identity’ and ‘has done great things with Ajax’.

Mata insisted incoming boss Ten Hag as a 'clear identity' and 'has done great things with Ajax'

Mata insisted incoming boss Ten Hag as a ‘clear identity’ and ‘has done great things with Ajax’

‘I have heard he is very methodical in the way he approaches games, he is very focussed and serious on the matter,’ Mata said. ‘He wants to win but in a certain way. 

‘I just hope, honestly from inside of me, whether or not I am here with him, he can implement that, can be true to himself, and win trophies with this great club. 

‘This is a unique club, because of the history, because of what we represent, but also the expectations we have to fulfil.’  

Ten Hag will be at Selhurst Park on Sunday to see interim manager Ralf Rangnick take charge of his final game against Crystal Palace before handing over the reins.

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