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May Juan Mata return for United within the second leg towards Roma?

Juan Mata acquired a single minute in Manchester United’s 6-2 win over Roma. However issues could possibly be completely different when the 2 sides face off once more subsequent week.

The Pink Devils have one foot within the closing. So supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ought to rotate his pack for the second leg.

That might give Mata his first European begin since arguably United’s worst second of the marketing campaign.

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When the Spaniard final kicked off a European recreation, United crashed to an embarrassing, and expensive, defeat towards Basaksehir. So he will likely be hoping to make a extra optimistic influence if he begins on Thursday.

Bruno Fernandes’s excellent type has rendered Mata the forgotten man of Outdated Trafford. With Donny van de Beek signed final summer season, the Spaniard appears to be like to be approaching the top of his United profession.

Nevertheless, he’ll nonetheless be hoping to exit on a excessive.

Mata has served United effectively since his £37m transfer (BBC). In 269 appearances he has labored tirelessly for the shirt and has bagged 50 targets and 47 assists up to now.

 

Extra might but comply with, with United’s newest Europa League efficiency suggesting they are going to be hungry for targets within the return fixture.

Regardless of the future holds for Mata, he will likely be determined to neglect about that nightmare night time in Turkey. United’s efficiency was shambolic on that event and the injury was accomplished early.

Mata was pulled shortly after the hour mark as United pushed for an equaliser that did not materialise.

The Pink Devils have come a great distance since then. They’re the shape workforce within the Premier League and are on the verge of their first closing beneath Solskjaer.

That doesn’t imply they’ll take the foot off the gasoline subsequent week. Roma will likely be smarting and won’t wish to be embarrassed once more. As for Mata, he and United’s different fringe males will likely be pushing for a begin.

The 33-year-old is extra deserving than most and he’ll know a spot within the squad for the ultimate is up for grabs.

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