How Di Maria’s role will free up Mata to be more effective at Old Trafford.
Thanks to Sky Sports, we were able to see just how Juan Mata performs when put out wide as compared to how he does when in his natural role in the middle.
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Following the paltry 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Sunday, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher analysed the action and produced some stunning tidbits on the visitors.
And one of the more interesting morsels of information surrounded the imminent arrival of Angel Di Maria, as Neville pointed out just what he could do for somebody like Juan Mata.
“I think that Di Maria will improve Mata. I think Mata relies on people running past him,” Neville said.
The picture below backs up his claims that Mata would be more effective when he is not being relied on to fill in out wide.