Jose Mourinho says Juan Mata is far better suited to his current Manchester United team than the one he had at Chelsea.
Mourinho sold Juan Mata to United in January 2014 for a then club-record £37.1m after dropping the two-time Chelsea Player of the Year from his starting line-up at Stamford Bridge.
Mata has been in and out of the United side under Mourinho this season but was selected ahead of Wayne Rooney in his preferred No 10 role on Saturday against Leicester and excelled in the 4-1 victory.
“First of all, I didn’t sell him,” Mourinho said. “My job is not to buy and sell. My job is to coach, to work on the pitch and to advise my board about the transfer policy.
“Secondly, it was Juan that asked to leave and when a player asks to leave, I think always you have to think twice.
“And the third point is that my idea for football with the squad and objectives we had at Chelsea is one thing, and the squad I have at Man United and the profile and what I try to do with this club is a completely different situation.