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Mata closer to United switch

Juan Mata is expected to undergo a medical on Thursday before completing his club record transfer to Manchester United.

The Spain international did not train with Chelsea yesterday but is understood to have told team-mates that his departure from the club was imminent.

A is thought to have been made through a third party on Wednesday although it is understood Chelsea have yet to formally accept a bid from United.

However, about it following United's painful at Old Trafford.

Members of the media were informed before the post-match press conference that Moyes would be answering questions on the game only and when asked afterwards about Mata, the Scot said simply: "We are not saying anything."

Nevertheless, it would now be a major surprise if Mata was not part of Moyes' squad for United's next match, against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff at Old Trafford on January 28.

Manchester United legend and Sky Sports pundit is unsure as to whether the talented Spaniard is exactly what the Red Devils need, though former Old Trafford favourite is sure he can fit into the fold.

A deal between the two clubs is expected to be agreed later on Thursday with Mata set to become Manchester United's record signing subject to a medical.