Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has fueled rumours linking Juan Mata with a departure by taking the midfielder off after subbing him on v Leicester City.
The 28-year-old came on in the 63rd minute of the 2-1 win, only to be taken off again in the 93rd minute – after which he didn’t appear too happy with his manager.
In the aftermath of the victory, Mourinho attempted to explain the move as a need to bring on a taller player for the Spaniard as the Foxes bombarded the box in the final minutes.
Jose Mourinho explains exactly why substitute @juanmata8 was replaced in the final few minutes. #CommunityShield https://t.co/3wZfCypoRl
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who came on for Mata, is 5ft 10in compared to the former Chelsea man’s 5ft 7in.
Mourinho sold Mata soon after he arrived for his second stint at Chelsea, and he has been linked with a move to Everton this summer.
He certainly didn’t seem happy after being taken off despite starting on the substitutes’ bench.
However, the ex-Valencia man did seem far happier when it came to lifting the Community Shield after the 2-1 victory over Leciester.