United man ‘considering future’ at club due to lack of playing time

Juan Mata is considering his future at Manchester United due to his lack of playing time, according to reports.

The 33-year-old has only played 62 minutes for the Red Devils this season and was left out of the squad by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Saturday’s loss against Aston Villa.

The Spaniard started for United against West Ham in the Carabao Cup as they lost 1-0, but was substituted in the second half.

That particular competition is usually an opportunity for fringe players, like Mata, to pick up some game time. However, the club’s elimination has further hindered his chances of playing.

Mata’s contract was due to expire this summer, but he put pen-to-paper on an additional year in July.

As he turns 34 in April and his contract expires in June, it is extremely likely that this will be his final year at Old Trafford.

However, the ex-Chelsea man is open to leaving the club in January, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The report states the veteran midfielder is ‘considering his future’ at United and will look to leave when the transfer window re-opens if his game time does not increase.

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Before the Villa match, Mata had been included in every matchday squad, but Edinson Cavani is fit again meanwhile Marcus Rashford and Amad Diallo are due to return from injury soon.

His already very limited game time is sure to become even more scarce when the United duo regains full fitness.

Rashford is yet to play this season, having undergone an operation on his shoulder last month.

On Monday, the 23-year-old posted a message on Twitter that read: “Happy Monday. I see the doctor on Friday for a consultation.

“All being well, I will get the green (light) to join in with contact training again.”

Having played with a shoulder issue for much of last season, Rashford decided after being part of England’s Euro 2020 campaign that he would have surgery.

The operation took place on August 6, with Rashford saying four days later that “everything went well”.

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