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Was it (Or Is It) on the Cards?

As we prepare to welcome Manchester United this weekend, a fixture that could have huge ramifications for both clubs title aspirations, I`ve something for you to all mull over.

Prompted by an e-mail from analooish, a familiar thought pattern appears to be prevalent.

In his pre-match press conference, Jose Mourinho opened up that old can of worms relating to Chelsea`s interest in Wayne Rooney.

Last summer it was well documented that Mourinho wanted to bring the England striker to Stamford Bridge but without success.

At the pre-match press conference, Jose threw in the following remark, appertaining to the move for Rooney,

"United were clear last summer, they don`t swap or sell players to direct rivals in this country."

Now, and we`re coming to the crux of the article, the word swap looms large.

Could it be that Jose contemplated some kind of swap deal that would have seen Rooney move to Stamford Bridge with Juan Mata going to Old Trafford?

Your thoughts would be most welcome!

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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 18 2014

Time: 10:58AM

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Knowing Mourinho for whom he is, I think he's only giving the media rooms to continue guessing on the future of a certain Juan Mata, while Chelsea continue to gain momentum as the title race continues.
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18/01/2014 11:25:00

I think he meant the word swap knowing fully well United needed a mata type player chelsea desperately needed a striker, I believe a swap deal was mentioned in the summer.
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18/01/2014 11:33:00

I don't think it has any bidding meaning, he repeatedly reiterated that Juan mata is not for sale and believe me united won't dare swap rooney for mata at this stage of the season, it is illogical, I believe our pursuit of Rooney or any striker in this transfer window is over, and next season we will probably go for falcao and costa
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18/01/2014 11:57:00

hidden meaning*
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18/01/2014 12:06:00

As I have said elsewhere some, or perhaps all of us, occasionally fail to recognize that we want is not necessarily what the club needs, or at least is not what the man in charge believes we need. Surely the main responsibility of a head coach/ manager is to assemble the group of players who he believes can best achieve his vision on the pitch. I love Mata as much as most but I doubt that he can become a better player than he has been; Oscar & Hazard though are, to my mind, both capable of reaching "galactico" level while still fulfilling all their responsibilities on the pitch, that last bit being something that Jose appears not to 100% trust Juan to do.
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18/01/2014 12:31:00

Well,after seein the events of the last few months i think the luiz/mata(or both) for rooney swap is true
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18/01/2014 13:01:00

When I read it earlier - not the one here - I didn't even relate that word "swap" to mean what this thread implies. We will just wait to see how it goes. I was and still a strong advocate for Rooney but I'm getting scared of his injuries. His injury records is not good at all.
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18/01/2014 13:03:00

Well, it's very possible Mourinho had a swap deal in his plans... I wouldn't say Mata can't improve, we've seen him improve in his first 2 seasons... I think he would have become a better and more influential player for us if we had allowed him to continue with last season's momentum.... Mata's only issue is that he's not a Mourinho type of player....
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18/01/2014 15:46:00

Nice submissions merlin; one has to be delusional or irrationally sentimental to say Mata 'coulda woulda shoulda' become a better...anything...whatever, on the strength of his showing this term. I'm all for a Mata for Rooney or Costa or Falcao SWAP. Simple as....
HGH Magic
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18/01/2014 16:18:00

No one expects an insanely deluded magician to appreciate that Mata still got some capacity for improvement...
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18/01/2014 16:44:00

Lol@latunvic..a HiGHly deluded magician at that..
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18/01/2014 17:22:00

I was gonna comment then I saw the last three commenters make a joke of themselves right on this thread again! Yall should grow up please. It will be highly stupid for you all to get yourselves banned on here.
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19/01/2014 06:07:00


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