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United Re-Open Negotiations With Spanish Star After Solskjaer Intervention

Manchester United will hold talks with Juan Mata this weekend about signing a new contract at Old Trafford, according to reports in the UK.

The 30-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the season and he was expected to leave the club in the summer.

Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is, however, keen for the Red Devils to keep Mata, and has instigated further negotiations over the playmaker’s future.

United want to reduce the Spaniard’s £170,000 a week wage, and discussions will be held with the midfielder’s father and agent, Juan Mata Snr, who is flying to England for talks in the next two days.

Mata hasn’t featured that regularly under Solskjaer so far. The former Spanish international has started three of the Norwegian’s six games in charge, including his first home match against Huddersfield.

The midfielder was an unused substitute against Tottenham last time out with Solskjaer instead favouring the front three of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.