Juan Mata believes Manchester United will be in the market for the best players in the world this summer, regardless of where they finish this season.
The reigning Premier League champions have endured a hugely difficult campaign under the guidance of David Moyes, who succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last term. United have already suffered eight defeats in the league and currently trail fourth-place Liverpool by 11 points, whilst they have been knocked out of both domestic cups.
Unless they embark on a sensational run from now until the end of the season, which would also rely on their rivals from Anfield slipping up as well as Tottenham Hotspur and Everton, they will have to win the UEFA Champions League to take part in it again next year. Failure to do so could make life difficult for them when the window reopens in the summer, as the best players are eager to perform on the biggest of platforms.
However, this is a theory Mata isn’t subscribing to. The Spanish international became the Reds’ record signing when he joined from Chelsea for £37million in January, and he has shown his quality with three assists in four games. And the playmaker also expects to be lining up with more world-class players next season, even if United are unable to offer them the chance of playing in the Champions League.
“The manager said the other day at a press conference that he’s going to be signing players,” Mata, who is currently at a warm-weather training camp with his team-mates in Dubai, told Spanish TV station Canal Plus. “I think this club is at a stage of change, a bit of change in the project, but as I’ll tell you, at this club the best players in the world will always arrive.”
United have certainly been linked with a host of top players in recent weeks, many of whom have been midfield players. Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos is thought to be a leading target, as are Borussia Dortmund duo Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus. It has been suggested that Moyes will have at least £100million to spend during the summer.