The 29-year-old midfielder became Jose Mourinho‘s third signing of the transfer window last week after completing a £40m move from Chelsea, signing a three year contract.
He made his first appearance against Sampdoria in Dublin and, despite playing only 45 minutes off the back of one training session with the squad, looked effortlessly in control of proceedings at the base of midfield.
And Carrick, speaking at a press conference in Skopje ahead of Man United’s Super Cup clash with Real Madrid, insisted that the Serb would be a valuable addition.
“He’s a terrific player, a great signng for us, who knows what it takes to win,” he said.
“He had a massive part to play at Chelsea and what’s important is he knows the league, the English way, how tough it is, how the season is, so he’ll adapt quickly at United and I hope he’ll have a big part to play for years to come.”
United fans have had to hope in the past that foreign imports, even players of Angel Di Maria’s calibre, can adjust to the vicissitudes to life in the Premier League. And on too many occasions, like with the Argentine, they have been let down.
With Matic, however, there isn’t much need for hoping and guessing at all. Supporters witnessed first hand the midfielder steamrolling sides – Mourinho’s included – on route to further Premier League glory just last term. He is a proven menace at the summit of this country’s top division and that, in a season that will demand a better league campaign from United, cannot be valued highly enough.