Solskjaer gives update on Mata future

Monday 17 May 2021 13:30

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says discussions with Juan Mata over the midfielder’s Manchester United future are ongoing.

The Spaniard, who is one of the Reds’ longest-serving players having signed from Chelsea in January 2014, will be out of contract this summer, although the club does have the option to extend the 33-year-old’s deal for a further year.

Mata started the campaign strongly and won our Player of the Month award for September but has since found his chances limited, making 16 appearances in total across all competitions, with seven of those coming as a substitute.

United v Fulham: Solskjaer’s press conference Video

United v Fulham: Solskjaer’s press conference

Ole speaks to the media, ahead of the Reds’ final home game this season…

The boss admitted that it’s been tough to give some members of his squad the requisite game-time and revealed that it’s now up to Juan to weigh everything up and make a decision regarding the next steps for his career.

“I’ve kept the dialogue with Juan and we’re due to speak again very soon,” Solskjaer divulged in his pre-match press conference, ahead of Fulham’s visit to Old Trafford on Tuesday.

“Of course, he’s not played as much as he’d like and that’s a decision that we’ll make with him.

“He’s in charge of his own future and he’s been such a good servant for the club,” Ole added. “But of course, it’s hard, as I’ve said so many times, to leave good players out, good people out of the team.

“It’s about what does he want as his next step in his career? Is it [to] still play out his career here, or is it going somewhere else?

“We haven’t made a final decision yet.”