Jose Mourinho: 'Manchester United style suits Juan Mata'

Juan Mata celebrates his equaliser during the FA Cup final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United on May 21, 2016
© Getty Images
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claims that Juan Mata is more suited to his current team's style of play than he was when the pair worked together at Chelsea.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said that the team's style of football suits Juan Mata more than Chelsea's did when the pair were together at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho's summer appointment at Old Trafford raised questions over the future of Mata after the Portuguese boss had sold the playmaker to United from Chelsea in 2014.

However, the 28-year-old has established himself as an important part of Mourinho's team so far this season, and the manager believes that is down to the differing philosophies between the two clubs.

"The football I want to play and the profile at Man Utd and what I want to do in this club is completely different situation," Mourinho told reporters.

"In my project at Chelsea he was a good player. In my project at Man Utd he is a very good player. There are big differences. At Man Utd I have no players to play transitional football.

"We are trying to play in a different way. It is very adapted to his qualities. He has found a natural habitat for his football."

Mata has scored two goals in four Premier League starts so far this season.

Wayne Rooney applauds Manchester United supporters on September 24, 2016
Read Next:
Mourinho unsure of Rooney involvement

1Manchester CityMan City76011871118
2Tottenham HotspurSpurs7520123917
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd7412138513
8Crystal Palace7322118311
9West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom72328719
12Leicester CityLeicester7223811-38
15Hull City7214714-77
17Swansea CitySwansea7115612-64
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham7115817-94
19Stoke CityStoke7034516-113