So, Juan Mata is a United player. That all happened pretty fast, didn’t it? Whilst everyone seems to agree he’s a top talent and and all-round lovely chap, there are many that doubt whether Moyes will make the most of Mata’s talents, and others that question his mastery of Microsoft Word.
Personally, I’m pretty bloody excited about our latest signing. If it’s a panic buy, I’d like to see us panic a bit more often.
But what does the rest of the world think about Mata’s arrival? We’ve trawled through Twitter to find some of the best reactions…
@DavidWillyMoyes (a parody account, in case you weren’t sure) hints at the terrifying prospect of Mata being played on the wing. Please don’t let this be a thing!
Thanks for all your praise on the Mata deal. I knew it was a good idea to buy back up just in case Ashley Young gets injured.
— David Moyes (@DavidWillyMoyes) January 25, 2014
There’s been a fair amount of gushing praise for Mata’s classy farewell letter to the Chelsea supporters, but @RorySmithTimes isn’t impressed with the formatting. Let’s hope he does a better job of creating space on the pitch.
I love Juan Mata as much as the next man, but, for crying out loud, press Enter.
— Rory Smith (@RorySmithTimes) January 25, 2014
Mourinho’s timing with this transfer may have irked Wenger and Pellegrini, but @ReviewFootball are looking forward to next year, where Red Devil Mata could come back to haunt his old manager and remind Chelsea what they’ve lost.
Next season, this will be Mourinho watching Mata play at Man United.. pic.twitter.com/NWjggvPe4F
— The Football Front (@ReviewFootball) January 26, 2014
@RobDavies_7 reckons some United fans have been keeping out of sight lately. But with Mata on-board, we can all wear the red shirt with pride again.
— Rob Davies (@RobDavies_7) January 26, 2014
@RedNews were quick to remind fans that although Mata won’t be able to play for us in the Champions League, he’s totally clear to play in our biggest domestic cup competition. Shame we didn’t make it past the third round.
Great news: whilst Mata's cup-tied for Europe he's eligible to play in the FA Cu-… oh.
— Red Issue (@RedIssue) January 26, 2014
@Raveilis notes that Mata wasted no time updating his Twitter bio after his move to Man Utd, whilst Rooney prefers the rather less reassuring title of ‘@NikeUK athlete’.
Mata has been a United player for less than a day and he has "ManUtd player" in his bio. Rooney still doesn't, after 11 years.
— JanuzajuaN (@Revaelis) January 26, 2014
And finally, @Squawka shared this Vine. I’d guess it will be a while before many fans are ready to view this transfer with such a sense of swaggering satisfaction, but make no mistake, we’ve got a hell of a player on our hands…
VINE: Man United fans react to the signing of Juan Mata. https://t.co/c5hC8ecmAv
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 25, 2014