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Juan Mata outperforming former Chelsea team-mate

Eden Hazard's dismal form has been one of the biggest Premier League mysteries of 2015/16.

Mata is outperforming Hazard this season. Credit: Oulala

Last season's Premier League Player of the Year has been a shadow of his former self, providing two assists and zero goals in 21 appearances.

Oulala have compared the out-of-sorts Belgian's form with that of former Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, who joined Man United from the Blues in January 2014.

And Mata comes out on top against Hazard in pretty much every department, despite not enjoying a particularly impressive campaign by his own high standards.

Mata has scored more goals, provided more assists and pulled off a greater number of successful passes than his former team-mate.

While Chelsea's form has improved since Jose Mourinho's sacking, the same cannot be said for Hazard, as he continues to disappoint the supporters he wowed throughout last season.


Man Utd want Mourinho and Neymar to fight Man City

Man United want Mourinho and Neymar in the summer. Credit: PA

Reports in Portugal claim that Manchester United have agreed to hand Jose Mourinho the manager's job, and they want him to sign Barcelona superstar Neymar in the summer.

The Old Trafford board see Mourinho's appointment, together with a world record bid for Neymar as the best response to Pep Guardiola's imminent arrival at Manchester City.

According to O Record, United's directors believe that communication will be a critical factor in the Old Trafford dressing room, which is why they've chosen Mourinho ahead of Diego Simeone or Antonio Conte, since he has a much better grasp of the English language.

Mourinho is also fluent in Portuguese and it's felt he would be the most suitable candidate to persuade Portuguese-speaking Neymar into leaving Barcelona for the Red Devils.

The 24 year-old's father has also confirmed that United are willing to meet his buyout clause at Barcelona, and he has been quoted in the Portuguese media this week saying:

"Manchester United is the side that offered €190m (£144m) for Neymar. He has still two years left on his contract but you all can be calm as my son is so happy here."

Man United legend agrees to join PSV next season

Ruud van Nistelrooy will join the coaching staff at PSV Eindhoven from next season.

Va Nistelrooy will join PSV's coaching team from next season. Credit: PA

The former Manchester United star will coach the strikers in the club's under-17, under-19 and reserve teams, the Eredivisie side announced in a statement.

The 39-year-old will leave his position as an assistant to Holland boss Danny Blind.

"I'm really looking forward to my new job at PSV, where I'm going to help the young attackers maximise their potential," he said.

Van Nistelrooy made his name as a striker with PSV before joining Manchester United where he enjoyed a prolific five-year spell.


Man Utd boss looking forward to Pep's arrival at City

Louis van Gaal declared he was "very pleased" to hear Pep Guardiola had been appointed Manchester City manager.

After months of speculation, City announced on Monday that Guardiola would replace Manuel Pellegrini as their manager at the end of the season.

Van Gaal and his Barcelona team, including Pep Guardiola, celebrate winning La Liga in 1998. Credit: PA

Guardiola has earned a reputation as one of the best coaches in the world following successful spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, where he has collected a total of 19 trophies.

Many Manchester United fans had wanted the Catalan to replace Van Gaal as their boss, but the Dutchman is not fazed by the arrival of such a prestigious rival.

In fact, the 64-year-old says he is happy he will soon be reacquainted with the man he coached twice at Barcelona.

"He is my former captain so I am very pleased to see him," the United manager said.

"And I can speak Spanish so it is convenient for him."

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