The current Manchester United team have been impressive—albeit with little challenge—in winning the Premier League.
United have shown both offensive power early on in the season and defensive stability in the latter stages to secure yet another title.
But who will be coming to Old Trafford next season? Modric? Bale? Lampard? Falcao? Lewandowski? I think they should avoid these names and go for someone who could fill a long-term void, and that man is Juan Mata.
Mata has been one of Chelsea's two outstanding players this season with his passing ability and creativity key to Chelsea's Europa League and top 4 success.
The Spaniard has arguably been one of Roman Abramovich's most successful signings and was part of the Champions League-winning side last year.
Manchester United, in my opinion, have a key weakness and that is in the creative midfield department, next to the superb ever-present Michael Carrick.
With the expected retirement of Paul Scholes this season, United could be in the market for a player who can pick out talisman Robin Van Persie, and Mata has the most assists in the Premier League with 12, two more than Wayne Rooney.
Michael Carrick and Juan Mata could make one of the most effective partnerships in the history of a) Manchester United and b) the Premier League as a whole.
The passing ability and calmness of the ball added to the work ethic both have would lead to a more free-flowing attack and a dedication to winning the ball back as quickly as possible.
The versatility of Mata also means that he could be played out on the wing or in multiple central roles. He could play in a 4-4-2 alongside Carrick or in a 4-2-3-1 in the role behind the striker.
Both of the formations would allow Sir Alex to change his team quickly and adapt to different situations.
Having Kagawa, Rooney and Mata as midfield/being the striker options would mean a stronger squad and competition, which would only be a good thing for United.
Mata wouldn't come cheap for United, but with money being given to Sir Alex Ferguson to spend, it would be a solid and potentially perfect investment for the team.
This deal would perhaps be unlikely to happen given Mata's current club Chelsea have little reason to sell him, perhaps United's best hope of signing Mata would involved a certain Wayne Rooney going the other way.
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