Underrated Mata deserves more credit - Carragher

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The Spain international was dumped once by Jose Mourinho and is now back under the manager's wing, and Carragher thinks that first rejection lowered his standing

Jamie Carragher believes that Manchester United star Juan Mata deserves to be recognised as one of the finest playmakers in the Premier League. 

The Spain international was on target to open the scoring against Arsenal on Saturday, although United were pegged back by Olivier Giroud's late equaliser, which sealed a 1-1 draw. 

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But according to Carragher, Mata does not get the credit he deserves for his talent. 

"I think we're looking at one of the most underrated players in the Premier League," the former Liverpool man told Sky Sports. 

"I think the reason he doesn’t get that credit that the others do is because he was Player of the Year for the first two years at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho comes in - best manager in the world - and gets rid of him.

"Everyone thinks Mourinho can’t be wrong - there must be something wrong with him."

Carragher also argued that Mata's creativity more than compensated for his less than electric speed. 

"He comes to Manchester United and he’s got no pace and the fee is well over the odds. What No.10 has got pace?" he said. 

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"I think it’s about time we look at Juan Mata in this group of players and as one of the top players in the Premier league. Which he is.

"I think he should start getting a lot more credit."

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