Shouldn’t have sold him
Never sell to your rival clubs.
That seemed to be the general consensus for football teams during a transfer window – but Chelsea decided to ignore that bit of advice – and manager Antonio Conte’s wishes, and decided to give their former title winning manager Jose Mourinho the one player he needed to balance out his team and offer a greater defence to their back four.
Not only that, but Nemanja Matic allows Paul Pogba more freedom to move forward, and Ander Herrera a rest from time to time – not to mention putting far less pressure on Michael Carrick in terms of the ageing player having to start games.
Matic was brilliant in the couple of games he was available to play for United during pre-season, and managed to start the season in a similar vein, running the show in the middle of the park at home to West Ham United – and getting United fans flocking to Twitter to troll Chelsea – and Chelsea fans themselves weren’t too happy either.
The best of Twitter
Pogba and Matic stealing the show #MUNWHU
— jimmy bernards (@jimmybernards) August 13, 2017
— Jayesh Ramsurroop (@J_Ramsurroop) August 13, 2017
Thank you for giving us MATIC
— Omega X D Nwabueze.C (@OmegaXDreams) August 13, 2017
– So Conte Was Ready To Let Matic Go To Juve But Not United, Meaning He Was Ready To Let Matic Go All The Same, No?
How’s That ‘The Board’?
— ‘Fontaine. (@TheAlchemist___) August 13, 2017
Didn’t like Matic before today but boy I was wrong
— ryan (@ryanlmao_) August 13, 2017
Looks like Matic is having good game for United.
— Kishor Saun (@Kishor_13) August 13, 2017
Matic and Kante was a frustrating partnership, so I and many Chelsea supporters wanted change, but in the right system he’s a great option.
— Daniel Tiluk (@danieltiluk) August 13, 2017
The only thing louder than the Old Trafford reds right now would be Antonio Conte fuming at the sale of Matic! #MUWHU
— Abhishek (@abhi5hek_0512) August 13, 2017
Matic doing everything for United that none of our players did yesterday. Not a surprise really, but still painful to watch.
— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) August 13, 2017
Must be painful for the Chelsea supporters to watch matic play
— M Ilyaas Brinkhuis (@ilyaas_mogammad) August 13, 2017
Matic is the player we thought Carrick,Fellaini and Herrerra MF was.
— abdul jabbar (@ajabbaruk) August 13, 2017
Chelsea can pair Kante with the £40m Matic fee against Tottenham #FanLiveNG
— Ehiz (@the_ebun) August 13, 2017