Jose Mourinho thinks Manchester United have signed a 'genius' in Nemanja Matic

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 5, 2017

The 29-year-old played 45 minutes in Dublin as he wore United red for the first time, but after failing to feature for Chelsea during pre-season, the midfielder is behind his new teammates in terms of preparation.

United's three major summer signings to date are all comfortably over six feet tall, with Nemanja Matic standing at 6ft 4in, Romelu Lukaku 6ft 3in and Victor Lindelof 6ft 2in.

"To get three out of four, I thank the club for that".

'That was special for me and I'm happy to make my debut for such a big club like Manchester United.

"Seeing how [first-team players] prepare, what they do before games and during training, watching players like Paul Pogba or, in my position, Michael Carrick, and just learning as much as I can from them".

"Everybody's in the plan", Mourinho said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News, after beating Sampdoria on Wednesday. "We want to play a good game with good intensity". We drew too many [last season] and I think more goals are needed from different areas.

Conte, laughing, said: "We are trying to buy the players, not to sell them". It's going to be good, to be amusing, to choose the team for every match according to the plan or the opponnent.

The Chelsea boss concedes that the current transfer window is especially complicated since Paris Saint-Germain paid a €222m world record fee to sign Neymar from Barcelona.

"Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player, " Mourinho said.

It is definitely still early to say more, but Matic's debut showed he will bring many positive things to United's game. It is a tough couple of weeks for the Spanish champions, who have certainly been off-colour during pre-season. I think it's not right to tell this through the press.

Matic also addressed the fact he did not have a normal pre-season training at Chelsea when he said: "It was unusual [not playing in pre-season] because the team has played and had a good pre-season but, as you know, I trained alone in London".

"And I think that's the problem".

Another domino style outcome of Neymar's move to PSG could lead to Julian Draxler's availability for purchase.

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