Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Jose Mourinho says Nemanja Matic is the best he's worked with

Jose Mourinho says Nemanja Matic is the best he's worked with

And Matic, who moved to the Red Devils from Chelsea in a £40m deal last month, sent a rallying cry to his Manchester United team-mates. Mourinho brought Matic on as a halftime substitute in an October 2015 fixture against Southampton, only to take him off 28 minutes later after Chelsea conceded a third goal, and Matic later said he felt bad at that moment.

"I can not say I have had better guys in my career", Mourinho told the Sunday Times. Goals against the run of play deflated United at times last season, but this time around it looked as if Stoke's opener had a galvanising effect, nearly as if they entered another gear.

"He's an important player for me - a lot more important than you can imagine". My blood, his blood, or both. He was really sad. "I was also sad because it's not something nice and it's something that I did only twice in my career", he added.

"But the next day he comes to me and he says, 'I'm not happy, but it's my fault. I try to bring good players here and we try to play football and I think you saw evidence of that".

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It was the first time United had failed to win in the Premier League so far, and Old Trafford manager Mourinho did not shake hands with Hughes after the match. "So let's keep going'". I'm happy that we are still there, and we'll continue to work hard to stay there until the end of the season'. But again, he was one of "my guys", was one of the guys that we kept close during these years even not working together. However, more often than not in the modern game, big money signings and crucial playmakers are rooted to their positions, and even prior starlets find it hard to regain their once solid starting position.

Extremely effectively at breaking up play, Matic has averaged four defensive actions per game in the Premier League this campaign, while he has retained possession very well, completing 89 per cent of the passes that he has attempted.

Fellaini was absent from the 2-2 draw with Stoke City on Saturday and remains a doubt for the Champions League opener with Basel due to a calf injury, but Mourinho has suggested that the versatile Belgian will be involved if passed fit by the medical team.

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