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Matic sale to Man Utd 'surprised' Lampard

12 August 2017, 11:01 | Sandy Nunez

GETTYJose Mourinho was impressed with Nemanja Matic's display

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

"It makes you wonder 'why did Chelsea sell him?'"

The Red Devils finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last season but still got their hands on the EFL Cup and the Europa League.

With Matic now in a United shirt, it is unlikely Fabinho would be used to screen the defence, but his knowledge at right-back would be welcomed by the self-proclaimed Special One.

"Petr had done such a lot for the club, Thibaut Courtois had come in and it would have been harsh to stop him moving to Arsenal when he was so settled in London, but this is different". Was it his dream to go and play for Manchester United?

"Is Tiemoue Bakayoko a similar type of player to Matic?"

"There's pressure, but coming for £40 million from Monaco after a great season, the pressure was going to be there regardless", Lampard added.

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"Matic knows very well what I think about him", he said.

"There's responsibility on Bakayoko not just to bring the talents that he has - and he has many - but also the discipline to fit into the system". Lukaku, 24, has been brought in to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic and will hope to do a better job of impressing manager Jose Mourinho than he managed during their time together at Chelsea.

Saddled with an ageing group of full-backs, Pep Guardiola found it hard to play the kind of thrusting football he loves in his maiden campaign as Manchester City manager. We are the most physical league.

"He did well as Chelsea won the league previous year, but he didn't go back to the level of 2014/15 and Cesc Fabregas was playing a lot more in the second half of last season. He's working very well and starting to understand or idea of football".

"Chelsea are weaker than last season - no Diego Costa, no Matic - and I'm concerned for them". You would applaud that but those players aren't even at the club now. He's a very select player who's a top, top striker, but when the position goes so far it's hard to put it back. You have to have faith in the manager.



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