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Why Chelsea were wrong in selling Nemanja Matic

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Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic joined Manchester United this summer in a shocking move from Champions Chelsea for £40 million. The move has been tagged by many pundits as the steal of the summer with the midfielder settling in well at Old Trafford and adding the needed steel to our midfield.

The Serbian international was key for the Blues last season in their title triumph having forged a good partnership with French midfielder N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park but was deemed surplus to requirement since the arrival of former Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in the summer. In Nemanja Matic, United were getting a proven Premier League player with huge experience having won two Premier League titles in three years under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte respectively.

The 29-year has had a brilliant start to his Old Trafford career and has hardly put a foot wrong having started every game since his move from Chelsea barring the game against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup. He has brought balance to the Manchester United midfield and has freed United’s attacking players off defensive duties enabling them focus on more attacking duties. However, since the arrival of the Serbian midfielder Manchester United have enjoyed their best start to a Premier League campaign since the Legendary Sir Alex Ferguson led side in the 2011/12 season after winning six and drawing one in seven Premier League games so far this season. United are currently tied on point with rivals Manchester City on the table, but sit second on the log with the Citizens boasting of a superior goal difference.

Tiemoue Bakayoko is no Matic and will come good for the Blues with time, although, the Blues have started well but they have not looked anywhere close to the level they were last season and are already trailing Manchester clubs by six points after seven games into the season. The sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United has been termed ‘strange’ by some Chelsea legend as they believe strengthening a direct rival makes them stronger. Manchester United have been crying out for a combative midfielder in the mould of Roy Keane since he was released by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2005, and its seems the Special One have fixed the gaping hole left by the Legendary manager and could be the difference for United in our hunt for a first Premier League title in five years.

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