Jose Mourinho believes Juan Mata has found a natural home in United, as he prepares to sign an extension.
There were rumours linking the midfielder with a move away from the club, in the same manner Mourinho offloaded him at Chelsea. However, the Spaniard has gone to become a key part of Mourinho’s squad at Old Trafford.
“[Chelsea] were playing in a defensive block when we won the title in 2014-15, and it’s one thing having players for that and another having players trying to play in a different way and we are trying to play in a different way,” said Mourinho.
“He is very adaptive with his qualities. He has found a very good natural habitat with us.”
Mourinho also defended his role in Chelsea’s decision to sell Mata to the Red Devils for £37.5 million in the winter transfer window in 2013-14.
“First of all, I didn’t sell him. My job is not to buy and sell. My job is to coach, to work on the pitch and to advise my board about the transfer policy.
“Secondly, it was Juan that asked to leave and when a player asks to leave I think always you have to think twice.
“And the third point is that my idea for football with the squad and objectives we had at Chelsea is one thing, and the squad I have at Man United and the profile and what I try to do with this club is a completely different situation.
“So Juan at Chelsea in my project was one player, and Juan in my project at Man United is another thing.”