Jose Mourinho: This Star Does Have A Future At Manchester United

Juan Mata
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, left, with midfielder Juan Mata, center, at Wembley Stadium, London, August 7. Mata may now be granted a stay of execution at Old Trafford. Ian Kington/AFP/Getty

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Juan Mata does have a future at Old Trafford, following consistent speculation about the midfielder's prospects.

Mourinho sold Mata when he was Chelsea manager, and substituted him in the FA Community Shield when the Spaniard had only come on minutes previously as a substitute himself.

The Portuguese is understood to harbor concerns about Mata's pace and ability to track back to help out at defense.

But Mata started in United's 3-1 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday, and now it appears Mourinho has had a change of heart and wants to keep him.

"One thing is the stories people write. The other thing is the reality," Mourinho said to ESPN.

"Seeing what happened in our previous club, people thought he had no future. It is completely different.

"I trust him. Every time he plays, I know what he can give and I know what he cannot give. He has a lot to give."

Mata scored the opening goal against Bournemouth, and now looks set for a longer stay at Old Trafford than many might have thought when Mourinho took over in May.