Nemanja Vidic has been very impressed with the arrival of Nemanja Matic at Manchester United from Chelsea this summer.
He helped Chelsea to two Premier League titles in three seasons and had been a vital player which is why it was surprising to see him make the move to Old Trafford.
Especially after his performances in our first three games of the new Premier League season, settling into life early and proving he was a bargain in the current market at £40m.
Speaking about the move, Vidic has been full of praise for Matic.
“My first impressions of him were positive – a nice guy, someone good to have around and someone who would be right in the dressing room. Unlike many of the players in the Serbian national side, he did not play for Red Star or Partizan Belgrade at a senior level,” he said.
“He’s from Sabac, close to Belgrade, but he found his way via football in Slovakia where he was Player of the Year there with Kosice. He was a very talented footballer.
“He has similar qualities to Michael Carrick, who has been a great player for the club. Michael is now 36; Nemanja is younger at 29 but he’s also very experienced. He’s been at big clubs, including Benfica and Chelsea, where he’s won titles.
“There are not so many players left at Old Trafford who have won the title before, so that trophy-winning mentality is very important because it can’t only come from a very successful manager. Nemanja has been there before and he knows what it’s like when the pressure really builds in a title race.
“He’s a very good signing for us. He’s a top player for the position and I’m surprised that Antonio Conte let him go. He played most of their games last season and did really well, so I didn’t expect him to be sold to one of their biggest rivals. The way he’s played in his first few games suggests he is a United player.
“I’m glad United have signed him. Firstly because I think he’s an excellent player and person, but also because he’s from Serbia and called Nemanja – they are very good qualities to have! I’ve heard that the fans have been singing the song that I had. I loved my song, it was special for me and I hope Nemanja does well and has the fans singing it for him, too. It’s great to have that recognition.”
Matic has slotted into the side seamlessly and his experience will be vital in mounting a challenge on different fronts.
He’s helped the midfield so much and his arrival has allowed Paul Pogba to become more creative in his role, which is where we’ll get the best out of him this season.