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Solskjaer: I don’t give Mata enough game time

Sun 23 May 2021 | 18:53

The Spain international’s future at Old Trafford is uncertain but the club manager believes the final decision will soon be made.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

will talk to

Juan Mata

about his future at

Manchester United

after the midfielder complained about his lack of game time.

Mata was in the starting XI in United’s last Premier League battle against Wolves on Sunday. He met the back of the net in the penalty as the Red Devils boss made some changes, aiming to win the Europa League final clash against Villarreal.

During the last 17 appearances, this was the 33-year-old’s 10th start this season and the Spanish midfielder’s contract is due to expire next month.

When quizzed whether they are holding talks with Mata, Solskjaer told

BT Sport


"Yeah we are talking to Juan, we'll sit down and of course it's a bit what he wants as well. 

"I don't give him enough game time, he's such a top professional so we'll have that discussion."

Mata is not certain about the results of the discussion they are about to hold, but the Spain international is confident that he has more to offer.


I don't know, I don't really know. In three days we have a very important game which is where my mind is at the moment. I still feel I can give a lot for the team. That's my mentality,"

Mata said.

"It's not the moment now to speak about it. I know what I want, I'm happy with how I feel physically and mentally. I'm hungry to play football for more years, the club know that, so…"

With the battle against


coming on Wednesday, the manager decided to give his regular squad a chance to rest and used some of his experienced players and youngsters in the clash at Molineux.

Anthony Elanga

was one of those who pulled off a talismanic performance along with Adam Diallo and Daniel James and scored United’s opener before Nelson Semedo canceled it out.


I'm sure he will [remember that],"

Solskjaer said of Elanga.

"He could have had two before, just being confident enough to get in there. I'm very pleased for him and he's got a bright future ahead of him."

source: SportMob