Juan Mata‘s arrival at Manchester United has given an immediate sense of optimism with their 2-0 win over Cardiff City in the Premier League.
The Spaniard’s move from Chelsea for a club record £37m fee was always going to encourage the fans and team in some way, but perhaps it will prove more important than first expected.
The actual capturing of Mata from Chelsea has restored faith in United fans’ minds that they can obtain the best players in Europe even when form has been woeful. The sense of optimism at Old Trafford on Tuesday night as United brushed aside Cardiff came in the majority from Mata’s arrival.
United’s lack of creativity in the midfield has almost been ignored now for several years with Sir Alex Ferguson somehow patching over the problem each season. But under new boss David Moyes it was clearly becoming more of an issue than ever before. United fans had clearly reached a point where they simply knew someone with pure world class talent had to be brought in. Mata is exactly that and the lack of creativity has certainly been given a turn in the right direction.
It gives United fans a hope that they now have a key player in an area they’ve struggled in to push forward and climb the table once again. They now look like they have a very dangerous attack once again with Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj the other key elements.
There is no denying that United need to add quality in other areas, such as a box to box midfielder and some defensive solidity, but Mata’s arrival sorts out the area which for many has been the most obviously out of sorts this campaign: creativity. It has given life to a month which hit rock bottom after their Capital One Cup semifinal loss to Sunderland. Mata seems a mature, hungry and impressive talent that United can only be thankful for acquiring.