The huge difference in Man Utd’s win rate with and without Juan Mata sums up the importance of the Spaniard

When Jose Mourinho was first appointed this summer, many were quick to see the writing being on the wall for Juan Mata. The Spanish playmaker had been sold from Chelsea to United under Mourinho’s watch due to a clash of styles, and nothing much had changed in the time between the two.

However, not only has Mata played games on a frequent basis, he’s also been a regular goal-scorer and assister. The creative maestro is finally looking like the player he was during his time at Stamford Bridge and was at one point favoured over Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a typical “Mourinho player” and high-profile summer signing.

One could say that Juan Mata has been invaluable for United this season, and the stats also back up that claim. A recent set of stats released by a WhoScored reveals something rather amazing: whenever Mata starts, Manchester United are yet to lose this season.

See the stats that highlight Mata’s necessity in this United side here:

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