Barcelona's Sergi Roberto wanted as Nemanja Matic replacement following Manchester United

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

The 28-year-old completed a move to Old Trafford on July 31 for £40million after winning the Premier League title with the Blues last term.

"He was what we wanted him to be, to move the ball in a simple way to give balance to the team to start building from the back and he's a player with great experience, many years at the highest level and good experience good stability".

Pogba scored just the nine times in all competitions last season, only five of which were in the league, as United limped to a sixth-place finish.

Lampard has no doubt that Matic's arrival will make United stronger.

Despite having only played 45 minutes for the club in last week's friendly against Sampdoria, the £35million signing impressed throughout the whole match in sweltering Macedonia.

"We can but we can also play with four in the back", he said. Was it his dream to go and play for Manchester United?

Nemanja Matic is clearly an upgrade for Manchester United in an area that was a problem for them, especially with Michael Carrick getting older.

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"I think the [Matic] sale at this moment in time, with that Chelsea squad, could cost them the league".

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

Speaking to Sky Sports News on Tuesday, Neville said: "I said last season that the title will come to Manchester and was badly wrong but I do feel it will be between City and United this time". Bakayoko has not and I saw him in the Champions League a year ago.

"It's a hard job to play against a team who dominate possession", Mourinho said. So I don't think he'll be a huge loss to them.

"Chelsea are weaker than last season - no Diego Costa, no Matic - and I'm concerned for them. It would be silly to dismiss Chelsea after the way they played so dominantly past year but looking at the teams, I think City and United will be up there and the teams to watch".

"They've been very successful over the past 10 to 15 years, so I think you have to have faith in that".

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