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Was Matic the final piece in the puzzle for Manchester United?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 30 Jul 2017


Nemanja Matic set to move to Manchester United from Chelsea to reunite with Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is set to sign for £40m for Manchester United this summer, and is likely to slot straight into the side alongside Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba in the engine room.

United manager Jose Mourinho originally re-signed the Serbian international at Chelsea and he went on to help the Blues to the Premier League. So will his reunion with Mourinho lead to a repeat of fortunes?

Man Utd have needed a holding midfielder

Mourinho has worked hard on plugging the gaps in the side this summer to ensure Manchester United will have a serious tilt at the Premier League next season. He signed a centre-back in Victor Lindelof and a centre-forward in Romelu Lukaku ahead of the new campaign and was missing a strong influence in the middle of the park with tactical discipline.

Nemanja Matic is one of the best choices in the Premier League for this role – after the side failed to sign Tottenham’s Eric Dier. He’s physically intimidating and wins the majority of his duels, while providing a composed head in possession and is capable of driving from deep to turn defence into attack. His role in the Manchester United side will be that of an anchor, to ensure United’s midfield isn’t overrun.

Paul Pogba is a player more effective in an attacking role, Ander Herrera is positionally indisciplined in his quest to press his opposition and provide a passing option in the final third, so United needed somebody who would stick to a holding role. And Matic’s service to Chelsea was the reason the move was possible.

The £50m “favour” from Abramovich to Mourinho

Many reports have alleged Manchester United’s deal to sign Nemanja Matic was only possible because of the Chelsea chairman’s softness. Roman Abramovich gave Matic a chance to continue playing in the Premier League after leaving the Londoners due to his service for the club, winning a title and being a fan favourite in two stints with Chelsea.

However, the price was believed to be slightly bumped up as a result of Manchester United hi-jacking their deal to re-sign Lukaku. Nevertheless, Mourinho comes out the winner as he signs a player who was a brilliant servant the last time to two worked together, while defending champions Chelsea have lost real depth from their squad.

Chelsea’s loss is Manchester United gain, something Abramovich will have known, but didn’t want to deny Matic due to gratitude due to his professionalism and performances. Manchester United are 10/3 to win the Premier League next season.

Is Matic the last piece of the puzzle?


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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