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Solskjaer to hold Mata talks and admits: 'I don't give him enough game time'

By Sports Desk May 23, 2021

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will discuss Juan Mata's Manchester United future with the Spanish playmaker after admitting he does not give him enough game time.

Mata earned a rare start in Sunday's Premier League season-finale 2-1 victory at Wolves, in which he scored the winning penalty on the stroke of half-time, as Solskjaer made wholesale changes with an eye on the Europa League final against Villarreal.

It was only Mata's 10th start and 17th appearance in total across all competitions this season and the former Chelsea star is out of contract next month.

Asked if talks with Mata are happening, United boss Solskjaer told BT Sport: "Yeah we are talking to Juan, we'll sit down and of course it's a bit what he wants as well. 

"I don't give him enough game time, he's such a top professional so we'll have that discussion."

For his part, Mata remains unsure as to the outcome of those contract discussions, but the 33-year-old is adamant he still has plenty to offer.

"I don't know, I don't really know. In three days we have a very important game which is where my mind is at the moment. I still feel I can give a lot for the team. That's my mentality," Mata said.

"It's not the moment now to speak about it. I know what I want, I'm happy with how I feel physically and mentally. I'm hungry to play football for more years, the club know that, so…"

With the Villarreal game to come on Wednesday, Solskjaer took the chance to rest his regular XI and mixed some of his more experienced pros with promising youngsters at Molineux.

Among those was Anthony Elanga, who impressed in attack alongside Adam Diallo and Daniel James for United and opened the scoring for his first United goal prior to Nelson Semedo's equaliser.

"I'm sure he will [remember that]," Solskjaer said of Elanga.

"He could have had two before, just being confident enough to get in there. I'm very pleased for him and he's got a bright future ahead of him."

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