Man Utd midfielder Matic: Good knowing Lukaku off the mark

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

"It made you wonder why did Chelsea sell him?" Matic has intelligence and experience of the Premier League.

Matic wanted a place where he could get first team football and United provided that, along with a £40 million transfer fee.

"Petr had done such a lot for the club, Thibaut Courtois had come in and it would have been harsh to stop him moving to Arsenal when he was so settled in London, but this is different".

"I'm as excited as anyone to see how good he is going to be at United".

Matic's departure will force Conte to accelerate Bakayoko's progress into the starting XI when he returns to fitness.

There has been an exodus of talent from Monaco's ranks in recent months, and as Paris Saint-Germain add Neymar and Dani Alves, the French champions are severely weakened.

"Matic was very important and sometimes you could look past him at other players like [N'Golo] Kante, Hazard, who catch the eye, but he played a very positionally disciplined role for Chelsea with the way they go forward".

"It is just how he uses that talent in the team". Lukaku, 24, has been brought in to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic and will hope to do a better job of impressing manager Jose Mourinho than he managed during their time together at Chelsea.

The 23-year-old is not the finished article, but his energy and physical presence make his flawless for the Premier League.

"He brings aggression to United's midfield which is something I think they have been lacking".

"I think I had the benefit of realising how good he is when he's playing just in front of you - on and off the ball". He's a very select player who's a top, top striker, but when the position goes so far it's hard to put it back.

United could hand Premier League debuts to all three of their new additions against West Ham on Sunday.

"Yes, for sure", the Italian said when asked if it will be hard to retain the title this season without making more signings. "Hopefully by the time the window shuts it all comes together, and then the club moves forward".

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