Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen has backed former club Manchester United's move for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata.

Mata is expected to sign for United today in a club record £37 million deal.

Meulensteen said: "I think he's a great player.

"I think he would definitely improve them."

United are yet to sign a player from Chelsea since the start of the Premier League, while Chelsea have successfully completed deals for four coming the other way.

Former Reds coach Meulensteen added: "In the past United didn't really have such as an interest in players as they have for Mata and obviously he's available.

"Player wants to come, Manchester United want him, simple."

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