What’s the ‘Mata’ with Arsene Wenger?

Chelsea's Juan Mata celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 5, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Chelsea's Juan Mata celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 5, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

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Many people have different views about the sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United.

The Spanish international playmaker completed his £37.5 million move to Old Trafford on Saturday - a record transfer deal for the reigning Premier League champions.

And some people say that even mega-rich, Chelsea just couldn’t refuse the amount of money on offer.

However, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger put his own particular spin on the subject by complaining that Jose Mourinho was trying to assist Manchester United in their upcoming game against ‘The Gunners’.

This assertion is, of course, ludicrous but as Wenger is a born ‘complainer’ and this is just the latest in a long line of so called ‘complaints’.

It’s understood that Mata just wasn’t in Mourinho’s plans but as long as he was at the club, then the manager had to keep getting results or Mata would become an immediate focus for the media.

On that basis, I think Mourinho thought he would do less ‘damage’ elsewhere.

I also believe that Mourinho still harbours thoughts of being the Man. United boss someday in the future and the transfer of Mata would do him no harm with the powers that be at Old Trafford.

So after a so far disastrous season for David Moyes’ men, the signing of Mata has finally given United fans something to cheer about.

United are 14 points behind leaders Arsenal, and have suffered a League Cup semi-final defeat to Sunderland and elimination from the FA Cup.

Therefore, the purchase of Mata certainly improves United’s chances of reaching the Premier League’s top four and instantly boosts their attacking options, while signalling that Moyes is in a position to sign world-class players.

The Spaniard, who joined Chelsea from Valencia for £23.5m in August 2011, has been Chelsea’s ‘player of the year’ over the last two seasons at Stamford Bridge.

He scored 32 goals for the ‘Blues’ and made more than 130 appearances.

From the football point of view, however, it’s going to be very interesting to see where United play Mata as his inclusion could see the end of United’s traditional two wingers system.