The midfielder was not photographed with the rest of the squad heading to Wembley for the meeting with Southampton, leaving supporters baffled
Manchester United supporters have been left scratching their heads after reports emerged that Juan Mata was set to miss the EFL Cup final.
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United posted a tweet with photographs of their players arriving in London ahead of Sunday’s showpiece at Wembley stadium.
But alarm bells were ringing amongst the club’s fanbase, with Mata nowhere to be seen and bemused supporters speculating that he was not going to be selected by Jose Mourinho.
We’ve arrived in London ahead of Sunday’s #EFLCup final. Let’s do this! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/g9mG7l3Aau
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 25, 2017
The Red Devils have released no official confirmed team news ahead of the meeting with Southampton, aside from Mourinho confirming that Henrikh Mkhitaryan would not play.
The Portuguese also revealed that Michael Carrick is available and that Wayne Rooney, who has been linked with an Old Trafford exit, would be in the matchday squad.
@ManUtd Where’s Mata?
— Jordan (@CIassyMata) February 25, 2017
@Schweinmaster @ManUtd Had an interview with BT Sport late this week so may have stayed in London and meeting up with squad this evening.
— Brad (@BradMCR) February 25, 2017
@ManUtd WHERES MATA???
— Thomas (@ManLikeMata) February 25, 2017
@ManLikeMata @ManUtd WHERE IS MATA ANSWER @ManUtd
— Néa (@PwalOFeyss) February 25, 2017
@ManUtd WHERE’S MATA
— Kaila (@FutbolKaila) February 25, 2017
@ManUtd Looking for Juan Mata like pic.twitter.com/wsnYkSg8oI
— – Ifrha (@Stepoverdesigns) February 25, 2017
@ManUtd No sign of Mata? I’m not understanding
— Ikenna (@iam_Lordken) February 25, 2017
One supporter suggested that Mata may already be in London having taken part in an interview in the capital during the week, while others were less convinced.
Mourinho will be looking to guide United to their second trophy of the 2016-17 campaign, with the club having lifted the Community Shield at the start of the season following a 2-1 win over Leicester City.