Jamie Carragher believes that Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata does not get enough credit for his ability as a playmaker.
The Spaniard gave Manchester United the lead before Olivier Giroud’s last-gasp header rescued a point for Arsenal at Old Trafford and Carragher said that his performance was yet further evidence of why he is one of the best midfielders in the division.
“I think we’re looking at one of the most underrated players in the Premier League,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“I think the reason he doesn’t get that credit that the others do is because he was Player of the Year for the first two years at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho comes in – best manager in the world – and gets rid of him.
“Everyone thinks Mourinho can’t be wrong – there must be something wrong with him.”
“He comes to Manchester United and he’s got no pace and the fee is well over the odds. What No.10 has got pace?”
“I think it’s about time we look at Juan Mata in this group of players and as one of the top players in the Premier league. Which he is.
“I think he should start getting a lot more credit.”