By Alex Taylor
Neil Warnock is convinced that Juan Mata would not be a good signing for Everton.
The Spaniard has been linked with a move away from Manchester United to the Toffees this summer following the appointment of Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
Mata is believed to have been one of the players new Blues manager Ronald Koeman has picked out to lead his revolution at Goodison Park, under new billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri.
“I am not sure about Mata at Everton,” Warnock told The Alan Brazil Breakfast show on talkSPORT. “I just think pace is vital now in the Premier League. I think players like Mata at Everton, I am not sure.”
The 28-year-old arrived in Manchester in January 2014 for a then club-record fee of £37million and endured mixed fortunes under both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal at the club.
Mata bagged 10 goals and 11 assists in 54 games in all competitions this season as he helped guide United to a fifth placed finish in the Premier League but his side missed out on the Champions League places on goal difference to arch rivals Manchester City.
The former Chelsea star still has two years left on his current contract but could be tempted by a move to Everton in search of regular football in his preferred position.