Nemanja Matic Joins Manchester United

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The Serbian midfielder has completed a move from Chelsea to title rivals Manchester United.

It had been long rumoured, that Nemanja Matic would be heading to Manchester United this summer and now it has been officially confirmed that the rumours were true. The deal which recently went through is thought to have been in the region of £40 million (Source: BBC Sport).

Matic’s departure brings to the end his second spell at the London based club which started back in the 2014 January transfer window, moving from Benfica. The fee at the time was thought to be in the region of £21.25 million (Source: Transfermarkt).

What can United expect from their new man?

Jose Mourinho links up with a player he knows well from his time as Chelsea manager. Matic has played 90 games for the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ throughout his career. The midfielder was one that Mourinho clearly could rely on during his time there averaging 81.4 minutes per Blues appearance for Jose.

Matic picked up his third Premier League title last season and played his part in the clubs significant change of fortunes after Chelsea finished 10th in the 2015/16 season. Funnily enough, the Chelsea manager who had a large part in them finishing 10th is now Matic’s new boss Mourinho.

Although when compared to similar players from both Chelsea and Manchester United,  Matic’s stats from last season are good but not outstanding.

Nemanja Matić Last Season

PlayerAgeAppsGSAssistsKPTIPLT (Minutes)
Nemanja Matić2840290.71.51.478.7
Cesc Fàbregas30377132.110.650.3
Ander Herrera27502111.22.72.680.4
Paul Pogba2451961.91.8185.3
N'Golo Kanté2641210.63.62.486.7
Key: Apps = Appearances, GS = Goals Scored, KP = Key Passes Per Premier League Game, T = Tackles Per Premier League Game, I = Interceptions Per Premier League Game, PLT = Average Playing Time Per Appearance

(Data sources: TransferMarkt & WhoScored).

Many people will remember his fine finish during last years FA Cup Semi-Final against Tottenham. Just in case you may have managed to miss this great strike or have somehow managed to forget it, I have included it for you below.

Although it must be said that Matic is hardly known for being a goal scoring midfielder. Instead, he is considered a dominant figure who can control the middle of the park. It is no doubt that Chelsea’s inclusion of N’Golo Kante to the heart of midfield last summer helped solidified their midfield unit.

A good deal for all parties?

There is an argument to have that this transfer suits all parties, as rumours suggested that Matic wanted the move and from United’s perspective, they will be happy to have their man. But often the seller is overlooked. Chelsea will probably be satisfied to have got £40 million for him considering they already purchased a defensive midfielder earlier on in the window in the form of Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco.

Chelsea will probably be satisfied to have got £40 million for him considering they already purchased a defensive midfielder earlier on in the window in the form of Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco. The funds from the Matic transfer could replenish those spent on Bakayoko.

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Information Sources:

BBC Sport – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40770192
TransferMarkt – https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/nemanja-matic/profil/spieler/74683
WhoScored – https://www.whoscored.com/Players/38128/Show/Nemanja-Matic

Video Source:

Video – Matic’s goal against Spurs – FATV – YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoSaW-QfbMo 

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One thought on “Nemanja Matic Joins Manchester United

  • August 4, 2017 at 5:45 pm
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    An interesting programme for any football fan to follow

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