Timeline of Chelsea Fans' Reaction to Juan Mata Manchester United Transfer

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Timeline of Chelsea Fans' Reaction to Juan Mata Manchester United Transfer
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The confirmation that Chelsea fans had been dreading came late on Saturday evening, with an announcement on chelseafc.com that Juan Mata had joined Manchester United for a fee of £37 million. The rumours that the playmaker would not remain a Blue for much longer had begun in the summer, but it was the week of 20 January that saw the first concrete indication that he would actually leave.

Chelsea supporters are understandably upset to have lost their two-time Player of the Year, and the fact that he will play for fierce rivals Manchester United only compounds the misery. Here is how events unfolded on Twitter, from the initial rumours on Tuesday, 21 January to the confirmation of the signing late on Saturday.

These kind of reports began to appear on Tuesday:

They were met with a healthy dose of skepticism:

Although there was concern that it could actually happen:

Some people tried to justify the sale, but were quickly shot down:

As the momentum behind the story grew on Wednesday, so did concerns about the implications for both clubs:

There was proof that denial is not a river in Egypt:

And that Chelseaa supporters did not see the sense in propping up the ailing Manchester United:

There was a healthy dose of melodrama:

And one fan travelled to Stamford Bridge to show off his homemade banner:

These guys explained the supporters' pain perfectly:

Before Manchester United's struggles and eventual defeat in their Capital One Cup semi-final against Sunderland provided some light relief:

Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea columnist Garry Hayes echoed other writers' struggles:

Thursday brought a slow realisation that there was more to this story than just hot air:

The Daily Mash got involved:

The guys at this parody account gave an insight into Chelsea supporters' homes:

It had been reported that Mata would have his medical at United on Thursday:

And hopes were raised when the promised helicopter failed to arrive:

The continuing lack of an official announcement left plenty of room for doubt:

So Arsene Wenger weighed in, for a change:

Then Friday dawned, and Mourinho's weekly press conference got under way. Any hopes that it may have all been a big, unfunny joke were dashed when he spoke frankly about the deal:

With confirmation came despair:

And some ingenious creativity:

As well as a few last-minute pleas to Mourinho, Mata and the Chelsea board to make it all stop:

Alas, on Saturday evening it was confirmed:

And Mata spoke about the situation on his blog for the first time:

I think that deserves to be the final word, don't you?

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