Mourinho Explains Why Matic Is His Ideal Signing

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"It was very important for us that he scored his first two goals and, after that, it was easier for us to play, the game was more open, and there was more space to use".

"What an unbelievable impact that was yesterday from Nemanja Matic", said the the ex-Chelsea star and assistant boss, as well as one-time United captain.

United were so sharp going forward, with exactly the kind of attacking play I was expecting and that led me to tip them to win the Premier League title last week. We start the second season with a very good performance at home.

"I never thought it was possible unless something special was happening and it looks like something special was happening because his agent told me, "You can have him, you just have to pay". He was a player this team needs".

"Romelu scored in the Super Cup, scored twice today, he's playing well and he's working hard".

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Last season, United were too often pressed back into their own defensive third, but that is less likely to happen with Matic in the team.

United center back Phil Jones joined NBC's broadcast crew on the Old Trafford pitch after the game, and said the side accomplished its goals for Opening Day. It's always oxygen, it's happiness and confidence for them.

"As a Chelsea supporter, I want to know who made that decision". He knows sometimes strikers can play well but not score, but from me there will be no pressure.

I am sure Lukaku would have been nervous before the game, but all that will have settled down with his first goal.

Matic's arrival should be good news for Pogba, whose best performances for France and former club Juventus have come when backed up by top-class, reliable defensive midfielders able to provide cover when he gallops forward.

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