Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Matic Can Be the Final Piece of the Puzzle

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Matic Can Be the Final Piece of the Puzzle

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replacement in there and ultimately I think Matic will fit the bill.

"It's a strange one for Chelsea to let him go because I thought he was good for them with Kante and I think they need to strengthen.

"So I'm not sure why he's been let go so they must have replacements in hand."

WHEN Nemanja Matic was asked what key attributes he will bring to United, his response was as understated as his playing style.

Jose Mourinho 's new £40m signing shrugged off his MUTV interviewer's question with a guarded pleasantry.

"I always give my best, I always try to do even more than I can on the pitch but [as for] my qualities, I will let the supporters talk about that."

Whatever the opinion is in the Old Trafford stands, Mourinho values the Serb.

After buying him for a second time - he took him back to Chelsea from Benfica in 2014 - he was gushing in his appreciation.

Mourinho said: "He represents everything we want in a footballer - loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player.

"I would like to thank him for his desire to join us because without that, it would be impossible to have him here. I am sure our players and supporters will love him."

Despite some attacking qualities - he scores the odd cracker and knows how to deliver assists - Matic's job will be to provide a solid base to United's midfield.

The Reds' engine room last season resembled a jigsaw puzzle where the pieces didn't quite fit together.

Paul Pogba's world-record arrival was a success without being a sensation. Mourinho never quite found the optimum method to use him within his formation, with the Frenchman not fully finding his feet as a marauding midfielder with licence to attack and create.

Ander Herrera had his best season in red, but it remains debatable where the best use of his energy and drive is. Matic's arrival is set to push him further forward in midfield.

And, while Michael Carrick's assured calm remains an asset and his passing skills are among the finest in the Premier League, the When you centre of the need to time where Nemanja Matic 36-year-old will surely not have the legs to contribute at the highest level every game. …

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