Juan Mata's worrying Premier League stats could lead to his exit at Manchester United.
The former Chelsea and Valencia playmaker recently turned 32 and is out of contract in the summer – but his domestic stats suggest he could fail to earn a new deal.
Although he has been a regular in both cup and European competition, the form of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes last season kept the Spaniard out of the team.
Although he has forced his way back into the side of late, his once impressive goals and assist tally has slipped into mediocrity over the past three campaigns.
After managing 61 goal contributions in his first 156 Premier League appearances for the club – a ratio of 0.37 a game, he has only managed three in the following 28 outings – a ratio of 0.13.
That is an alarming decline for a play who was once one of the top creators in the league, with only three assists and no goals in the league since the start of the 2019/20 season.
Mata did win the penalty which was eventually scored by Bruno Fernandes during the win over West Brom on Saturday, having spoken about their recent form last month.
He said on the Pitch to Post podcast after the win over Newcastle: "To be honest it was exactly what we needed after the defeat at home.
"You want the next game to come quickly but unfortunately there was the international break, so we prepared really well, we trained hard over that week and then we got two very good performances.
“First at Newcastle in the Premier League to get important three points and secondly in Paris which was a very good team performance against a top side.
"So we're very happy with the week – but we want to keep this momentum going and of course we know that we have a very important and difficult couple of weeks ahead with important rivals in our next games.
“So we will try to perform at the same level and try to get as many points as possible."
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying of his player in relation to his Carabao Cup importance: “His composure and experience (is vital) for a young team.
“I think he created more or less every moment in this game that was of the highest quality in an attacking sense.
“He is a very valuable member of the squad and a top professional. It is never easy to tell him when he’s not playing.
“He has had a fantastic career, he has won whatever there is to win more or less.”
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