Where do ex-Premier League players go once the past their playing days in England, Major League Soccer of course!
In a recent video blog, ESPN’s Mark Ogden suggests that the MLS might be the next stop for Manchester United’s aging midfielder Juan Mata.
Mata, who won a World Cup with Spain will be 32 this summer and as United have pushed to get younger, has seen his first-team time dramatically reduced and rarely find a spot on the bench under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
With United being blessed recently in the midfield, especially with the star play of Bruno Fernandes, Mata might never see starting action again. Throw in the mix, rumors of Jack Grealish or James Maddison coming in the summer (more than likely Grealish) and Mata will be hoping for Carabao Cup time, if that.
Ogden said that MLS is a potential future destination for the Spanish international:
“I think Mata is a player that would try new experiences. So I don’t think the MLS would be something you could rule out with Juan Mata. I think he’d probably embrace the idea.”
Although the MLS isn’t European competition, players like David Beckham, David Villa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, and Javier Hernandez All have made the move to the United States and found a second win in their career.
Personally, I see Mata taking a coaching role with United. Solskajer has several of his ex-teammates on staff, the newest being Darren Fletcher.