Juan Mata’s time at Manchester United appears to be coming to an end. But that doesn’t mean he won’t go out with a bang.

The Spaniard has fallen down the pecking order in recent seasons. And this time round he has only made six league appearances and 10 in all competitions.

Mata hasn’t appeared in the Premier League since mid-December. However, more chances could be just around the corner.

First up comes the FA Cup clash against West Ham. Then, perhaps more importantly for the 32-year-old, is the Europa League. And that is where Mata can really shine.

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United are likely to rotate their squad for the upcoming European campaign. And Mata could be front of the queue for a chance.

After all, the Spaniard has been one of United’s most loyal servants, never complaining when overlooked and always playing well when called upon.

Signed for £37million back in 2014 (BBC), Mata has racked up 265 appearances for United. With 50 goals and 47 assists, he has certainly made his mark.


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An able deputy

Fernandes cannot be expected to play twice a week for the rest of the campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need to shuffle his pack and United’s magical Spaniard could rise to the occasion.

Mata’s numbers this season show what he still has to offer. Two goals and an assist in two EFL Cup games is impressive. As is two assists in just six league matches.

And more could follow when United take on Real Sociedad later this month.

If Mata does leave this summer, he will want to go out on a high. And nothing would be better than him orchestrating European success before heading for pastures new.

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