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16th Jul 2016

Man United fans are fearing the worst for Mata after Mourinho’s first XI

Premature fear-jaculation

Patrick McCarry

That’s it, he’s done for!

Jose Mourinho has named his first Manchester United team and, gulp, Juana Mata isn’t in it.

The Portuguese has given debuts to Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whilst Memphis Depay gets a chance to impress in an attacking trident with the Dortmund acquisition and James Wilson.

Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick are tasked with looking after centre midfield while Jesse Lingard also gets a chance. But no Mata.

The reaction was as measured as one could expect…

Did Mata let the decision swerve him? No chance.

Mourinho, however, revealed he will be making seven changes at half-time to give everyone a chunk of game-time.

If Mata is not one of those changes… worry.