On his time at Stamford Bridge under Mourinho, Mata told the Spanish press: “For better or for worse, we had no relationship. There was no dialogue. I was not happy.”

At 5ft 7in tall, Mata was, according to Mourinho, taken off because he was the smallest player in the United team as Leicester hit long balls in search of an equaliser.

But that argument would appear to be at odds with the philosophy of Mata who once said: “When you lose, a certain kind of player - the creative players - always get the blame. “If a luxury player is a player who scores and assists and has good stats, then I'm happy to be a luxury player. “I want luxury players in my team. I like creative players and players who do different things. It's easy to say certain players are luxuries, especially when you've lost a game.”

The fact United held on for a win, with or without Mata on the pitch, is all that will interest Mourinho. But there may soon be no more Mr Nice Guy at Old Trafford.

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