The reason why Chelsea were so wrong to let Man United sign Nemanja Matic

by Marwan Harraz

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United were involved in probably the steal of the summer transfer window as Nemanja Matic switched blue for red.

The Serbian midfielder had been a key player for Chelsea, particularly for Mourinho when the pair won the Premier League title together.

Jose was never short in his praise for Matic and once it became clear that there was a possibility of a reunion, the Portuguese manager jumped at the opportunity.

Nemanja was bought from the Blues and quickly involved with the Red Devils first team, hardly missing a game since his arrival.

The intelligent holding midfielder hasn’t put a foot wrong since with fans cheering his name often at games.

Ray Wilkins, who featured for both Chelsea and Manchester United during his playing days stated the obvious: “I don’t think we [Chelsea] are anywhere near as good as last year.

Bakayoko is no Matic, not yet anyway. Matic is just superb. I don’t think we are anywhere near what we were last year.”

The Blues invested in Tiémoué Bakayoko during the summer with Antonio Conte since admitting he never had plans to sell Nemanja to the Red Devils.

The Italian manager insisted he wanted the Serbian to remain at Stamford Bridge while Bakayoko adjusts to the Premier League and learns his trade.

Instead, Jose Mourinho was sniffing about once he received news of Matic’s availability and it was apparently the Blues’ board who sanctioned the move.

If reports are to be believed, Chelsea’s owner wished to respect what Nemanja had done for his club and allowed Matic to move to their direct rivals.

Since then, Chelsea haven’t looked too poor, sitting in fourth just six points behind the Manchester clubs but there has been an obvious lack of experience in midfield.

Either way, Manchester United fans won’t care about what’s happening over at Stamford Bridge and instead will continue to enjoy Mourinho’s smart investment in a trustworthy player.

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