During his second spell as Chelsea manager, Mourinho offloaded the Spainish to United for a then club record £37.1m as at 2014 because he felt the Spain midfielder never did enough defensive work in a side built around physicality that would go on to become champions .

When he was appointed by  Manchester united new manager in the summer, news were circling around the media saying Mata would be sold with Everton as his possible destination .His substitution in the Community Shield having being brought on as a substitute was described  as  “embarrassing” by BBC pundit Danny Murphy further nailed the coffin on the matter.

But in a recent interview, according to BBC Mourinho said: “In my project at Chelsea he was a good player. At Man Utd he is a very good player.”

“At Manchester United I have no players to play transitional football,” said the Portuguese.We are not so physically compact like when we won the title in 2015. We are trying to play in a different way that is very adapted to his qualities.

“He has found a natural habitat for his football”. Against all speculations Mourinho now sees Mata as an integral part of his team.

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