Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why United Had Edge over Juve for Matic

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why United Had Edge over Juve for Matic

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JOSE Mourinho believes Nemanja Matic's desire to join United gave them a better chance of signing him than Juventus.

Matic, 28, had his United medical yesterday and could be unveiled by the club today ahead of a possible first appearance in the friendly against Sampdoria in Dublin on Wednesday.

Mourinho earmarked Matic as a priority signing months ago and the Serbia international was intent on reuniting with his former Chelsea manager at the end of last season.

Serie A champions Juventus were also interested but conceded defeat when it transpired Matic was determined to join United.

"I'm waiting for news," Mourinho said after United's friendly win over Valerenga in Oslo. "I'm waiting for news. I know that he wants that very, very much and when a player wants very, very much the chance is bigger, the chance is bigger. …

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