United fans had hoped that the £37 million rated playmaker would change their fortunes but one win in his first four games suggests otherwise.
And with Van Persie and Rooney back in the side, David Moyes has found it hard going to fit all three into the same team, with Mata being told to work the left wing.
It’s seems as though Moyes may have signed the wrong type of player… so we’re going to look at the other players Man United should have went for instead.
By Cameron Kennedy – @LiveF0rever_
Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)
The Dortmund winger is one of Europe’s hottest prospects and would be perfect for United.
With his pace and trickery he would tear up some of the league’s best full backs.
Reus contributes both goals and assists and can play on either wing or as a makeshift centre forward. The German international has been linked with Man United since the summer and we’re surprised they didn’t break the bank to try and bring him to Old Trafford.
Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund)
Reus isn’t the only Dortmund player linked with a move to United, Gundogan is another who would have been a brilliant signing.
United have been crying out for a centre midfielder to play alongside Michael Carrick and Gundogan has all the qualities to be a United hero. A great passer of the ball like Scholes, can score goals like Cantona and can do the dirty work like Roy Keane.
Gundogan has plenty of years in the tank and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is touted away from Dortmund in the summer.
Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
David Moyes was spotted watching Juventus during the January window and reports suggested he was keeping an eye on Vidal.
If we’re to believe these reports then United might have missed a trick on this one. Vidal is currently considered one of the best all round midfielders in the world.
Vidal could even have been swayed by Champions League football as Juventus were knocked out at the group stage.
Dante (Bayern Munich)
The Brazilian centre half was another player linked and with United’s defensive problems this season, he would have been a perfect fit in their defence.
Dante has been outstanding for Bayern over the past 18 months and he would be a like-for-like replacement for the departing Nemanja Vidic. He has the experience to lead United back to the top and may well have been cheap at his advancing years.
Wilfred Zaha (Er, Cardiff City?)
Maybe the biggest mistake of United’s January window was letting Zaha leave on loan and not giving him a chance to prove he can be a big-time Premier League player.
Moyes has given Januzaj the chance to shine while Zaha wasn’t even making the squad.
Yet on his debut for Cardiff, Zaha dazzled and turned the game in their favour, so maybe Moyes was wrong to let him go.
He may well come back next season and play but by then it might be too little too late for their Champions League hopes.