Although the price tag was a little underrated, the more surprising aspect of the transfer was that the player was allowed to move to a direct rival and Chelsea’s manager was far from pleased.
Antonio Conte was public with his reluctance to let go of the Serbian as he recognised what a loss a player like Matic can be to a squad.
Since then Nemanja has consistently performed at a high level much to Mourinho’s delight but has insisted that there’s still plenty more to come from himself and the club.
“I didn’t have pre-season,” Matic said.
“I trained alone. I can feel it in some parts of the game! My body is not ready yet and I have some difficulty, of course, but I try to hide that and to play simple. I will be better.
“We know what we have to do because we are Manchester United and we are focused just on the next game. Always the next game is the most important, so game by game we have to collect points and next May we will see. It’s a long way to go.”
His words will surely excite Manchester United fans as they hope the club can kick on and continue their good form as they’re set for a tricky set of fixtures after the international break.
There will be a little concern that it appears like the robust midfielder isn’t quite fit just yet but should Jose rotate and rest him, these issues will disappear.
Manchester United will once more need to rely on their captain Michael Carrick to fill in for the Serbian whenever he seems to be overworked.
Carrick has had a bit-part role so far this season but with the upcoming run of games set to tire the squad’s legs, he’ll surely have a bigger role to play.
Either way, whether it’s Matic or Michael, Manchester United fans will feel blessed to have two composed and experienced professionals among their squad, helping them battle it out for the title.