Manchester United‘s transfer window activity might have been limited to only one player, but that could be sufficient to lead the club out of turmoil and into a Champions League spot at the end of the season. Jose Mourinho was tactless in selling Juan Mata to a United side that is struggling but nevertheless has the potential to cause some major upsets along the way.
No other big club would have sold a player of Mata’s stature and abilities to a team like United. Mourinho might have been hoping to sabotage Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool with his move but his thinking, and vision was hopelessly short-term and there might come a day down the road when he could regret it.
At the beginning of the season it was Arsenal who did a record club deal in bringing Mesut Ozil to the Emirates, and the German has lifted the team’s performances to another level. United’s record signing Mata could have a similar impact during the rest of the season — he has already helped his team score two goals against Cardiff City in his first match.
With the club’s two other superstars Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney nearing full fitness at the right time, United’s big-three could be a handful for opposing teams. Hopes of taking points off United as easily as it was done in the first half of the season would have faded off around the Premier League the moment Mourinho made his cunning move. United now have the perfect platform to launch their plans for the next season, and making Rooney extend his contract could be the biggest of them all.