Matic signing gives United title edge over Chelsea
Aug 12 2017 by Marjorie Miles
"You saw that with Chelsea last year - him and Kante were magnificent last year and that allowed Hazard, Fabregas, whoever else was playing that bit of freedom, and I'm hoping he'll do that for United - a bit of freedom for Pogba, Martial, Lingard, Mkhitaryan - these players really need to step up this year".
"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".
"Is Tiemoue Bakayoko a similar type of player to Matic?"
The Serb was one of Chelsea's most consistent talents as they swept to the Premier League title in manager Antonio Conte's first season in charge.
"There are a lot of variables that aren't easy but from the outside, it does seem unusual to let that player go to a direct rival - and he will improve them".
Matic featured 35 times in the English league last term, according to WhoScored.com, and he is destined to become a regular at Old Trafford.
"There's pressure, but coming for £40 million from Monaco after a great season, the pressure was going to be there regardless", Lampard added.
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Conte also warned that Chelsea must bring in more players to have any chance of successfully defending their Premier League title. "I think we just have to accept it and move on".
"I think they've bought well - it's just a case of numbers", he insisted.
"But I understand people's fears".
Chelsea's willingness to sell the player drew criticism from numerous figures within the sport, with Paul Scholes most recently questioning the decision to let him go.
Matic was brought in to stabilise the midfield, and though United were overran, Mourinho was pleased with the 29-year-old's performance. You have to have faith in the manager.