Ray Wilkins: Nemanja Matic can help Manchester United win this year

Ray Wilkins: Nemanja Matic can help Manchester United win this year

Former Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins has blasted the Blues for their sale of Nemanja Matic to title rivals Manchester United this season.

Matic made the shock move to Old Trafford in the most unexpected transfer of the Premier League and has since shone in his new role.

Since moving to United the Serbian midfielder has proven to be a key player for the club and the perfect partner to Paul Pogba.

Nemanja’s role as a holding midfielder has completely freed up the Red Devils French superstar by allowing him to roam further forward and cause opposition defences as much damage as possible.

Wilkins has since said that the decision to sell the Premier League winner was a poor one to say the least.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Ray said: “The selling of Matic to Manchester United as far as I’m concerned was an absolute disgrace, because that should never have happened.

“He [Matic] is going to be the difference between Manchester United winning and Manchester United not winning this year.”

It’s certainly clear that United have grown in strength since adding the former Benfica man to their ranks but Chelsea have since adjusted to their loss to some degree.

Much was made of the Chelsea vs Manchester United fixture and Tiemoue Bakayoko showed his worth to the Blues in a match he dominated in.

The former Monaco star struggled initially to fill in Matic’s huge boots but has improved in recent weeks and it won’t be long before fans will long forget about their former player leaving.

Nemanja though will be keen on adding to his Premier League titles and to do so with the Red Devils this time around.

His experience and composure in midfield has proven crucial to Jose Mourinho and the Portuguese manager could hardly believe the move was even sanctioned in the first place.

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