Mourinho: Why Matic is my ideal signing

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

And the Serbian gave United fans a glimpse of his class with a man of the match display in their 4-0 win over West Ham while Matic's former club Chelsea lost 3-2 to Burnley yesterday.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho brands Nemanja Matic "the flawless player" for his style of management.

If Mourinho is feeling the pressure of maintaining his record of winning league titles within two years at Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan and Real Madrid, he's not showing it.

"Not just for his qualities but also for my relationship with him".

But the United boss thought that was the impossible dream - until a surprise phonecall told him that he had finally got his man. And I always had respect and the desire to do well in the English cups and I always liked to go to the finals. Becoming the first United manager to finish on top of the pile since Sir Alex Ferguson is great motivation for someone with his pride and ego, and numerous troubles that afflicted his first season, despite winning two cup trophies, have disappeared.

'I was not sitting around having tea, ' he says.

"We have a football club much better equipped, much better organised in the areas which support the first-team squad. They can still be like new players for us later in the season, so we are fine".

"I feel the club is much better so we go for it this season. We are going to try to win the title". That is normal but not enough, ' he stresses.

"I understand the reality of the numbers, and I also understand that my club, by doing 75% of what I initially asked, I think the club did very well, so I don't think I am in a position of crying, I am in a position of moaning, I am in a position of protesting, I am not in a position to say I am not happy with". Yes, I thought that.

"I think Tottenham, without any spending, are equipped to win because they have a fantastic team, fantastic manager, great stability".

'We are much better organised at every level. They didn't sell, like some were expecting, the top players - (Mesut) Ozil, Alexis (Sanchez). So we will go for it this season. I want to play West Ham - a hard match - then go to Swansea for another hard match.

A double from Romelu Lukaku and goals from Paul Pogba and substitute Anthony Martial got United's league campaign off to an emphatic and memorable start.

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