Nemanja Matic: Premier League the 'main target' for Manchester United

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Chelsea's decision to sell Matic to a direct Premier League rival has raised some eyebrows, with the defensive midfielder having played a key role in helping the Blues win the Premier League title last term.

But United's gain is very much Chelsea's loss and not only does their spine appear more fragile, it's also hard to understand Chelsea's reasoning behind the deal with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chabolah also leaving the club. You would applaud that but those players aren't even at the club now.

A £40m move to Old Trafford for Matic has been on the cards since June, but the transfer appeared to be dead in the water after Man United signed Romelu Lukaku, Antonio Conte's main target, for £75m last month.

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"It wasn't a fantastic year for United or Pogba, but it was successful in the end and that is all that matters", adds Lampard, as he passed judgement on the midfielder United paid £89m to sign from Juventus last summer. He is probably the best in England alongside N'Golo Kante.

Mourinho played a three-man defence at times in the Super Cup, just as he has in some pre-season games, and is ready to deploy it domestically as well.

Matic was frustrated with the result but has called on United to turn their full focus to Sunday's league opener against West Ham.

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And Lampard has expressed his surprise at seeing Chelsea such an important player to a rival.

"I heard whispers at the back end of last season that he wanted to go and even if the club can not come out and say too much about that, maybe there was an element of that in play here when this deal went through".

As for Valencia, who captained United in Michael Carrick's absence against Real, the incredible physical strength of Lukaku, combined with a good level of footballing intelligence, should give the 24-year-old the platform to have a good season. I have seen him work on the field and in the gym. He was good in some games, inexperienced in others.

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"It takes time, I know that from experience of going to United at a young age".

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