Jose Mourinho‘s decision to offload Juan Mata to a subpar Manchester United side could turn out to be a very clever and cunning move from the shrewd Portuguese manager if the out-of-favor midfielder manages to inspire the Red Devils to take points off teams like Manchester City and Arsenal down the stretch. The timing of the transfer — after Chelsea finished both their Premier League games against United this season — is too suspicious to believe that there is no ulterior motive involved in this deal other than the huge amount of money being paid by United for the Spanish player.
Mata’s move away from Stamford Bridge might ultimately benefit his World Cup hopes as he would be thrust straight into a struggling starting lineup by David Moyes, and a change of place and manager might rejuvenate the unhappy star. With United seemingly out of the title race and the domestic trophy-hunt this season, the player’s performances might come in handy to take precious points off Chelsea’s direct rivals in this year’s close title race. Mata might actually end the season at United indirectly helping Chelsea to a famous championship.
Mourinho’s mind games with the rest of the league are never likely to end as his latest move’s true ramifications would only be known come May. With Chelsea currently two points off the top spot and traveling to Manchester City in two weeks’ time, the title race is poised to heat up further as Arsenal too face tough fixtures in February.
If Mata’s move ends up benefiting Chelsea, the “Special One” might be hailed after all for a brilliant off-the-field tactic and the club’s fans might have an easier time forgetting the loss of a talented player who was voted as the “Player of the Year” twice in the last two seasons.
Do you think that this move by Mourinho is really fair?