Matic backs Lukaku for fruitful season after debut goal

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

Neville also believes the sale will improve the players already at United, with Matic's new midfield colleagues set to benefit.

"I was surprised to see him move to United and maybe there is more to this deal that we realise", stated the former England midfielder, who is moving into television punditry with BT Sport this season.

United completed the signing of Matic for £40m at the end of last month, reuniting the Serbian with his old boss Jose Mourinho.

Nemanja Matic is confident Manchester United will perform well in the Premier League despite their Super Cup setback against Real Madrid.

"I heard whispers at the back end of last season that he wanted to go and even if the club can not come out and say too much about that, maybe there was an element of that in play here when this deal went through". People at the club seemed to mull it over for quite a while and then out of respect for Petr and what he'd done, and the situation with [Thibaut] Courtois, they let him go. Last season, Antonio Conte led them to their 5th title, and while Matic was a core player alongside N'Golo Kante, it was the Frenchman who ended up with a majority of the credit.

"Whether Conte knows something different to us, I don't know", he said. Did he want a new challenge at 29?

Nemanja Matic is clearly an upgrade for Manchester United in an area that was a problem for them, especially with Michael Carrick getting older.

Another former United forward, Wayne Rooney, will make his first Premier League start since rejoining boyhood club Everton when they host Stoke City at Goodison Park on Saturday. It is just how he uses that talent in the team.

Chelsea have made four signings - Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero - this summer, while allowing Matic, Nathan Ake, Asmir Begovic, Nathaniel Chalobah, John Terry, Kurt Zouma and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to leave either permanently or on loan. We hope it is a good year for him and the team.

'For me Matic is a fantastic player - a real, real top player, ' he said.

"They've been very successful over the past 10 to 15 years, so I think you have to have faith in that".

"For the record I don't think Danny will go his a sensational player but not great to do what has done with this interview as been told to!"

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