Manchester United legend, Nemanja Vidic has admitted he is surprised about the signing of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea, insisting that he is bemused as to why the Premier League champions had to let him go. The 29 year old Serbian was signed by Jose Mourinho for £40m from his former club, Chelsea and has quickly become an integral member of the team, helping the 20-time English champions record three wins in as many matches at the start of the Premier League season, that has seen us lead the table from Matchday 1.
Vidic, who played and captained United during a spell from 2006-14 said that he is impressed with his compatriot’s abilities and that United look stronger with him in the middle of the park. The 29 year old Serbian has liberated Paul Pogba, who has grown into a more attacking role and has also helped steady the defence, as United have failed to concede a goal in the league this season. Vidic is bemused as to why Chelsea will sell the player to a direct rival, though the Blues new signing, Tiemoue Bakayoko is looking like he can fill those boots.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Vidic said, “He’s a very good signing for us,” he said.“He’s a top player for the position and I’m surprised that Antonio Conte let him go. “He played most of their games last season and did really well, so I didn’t expect him to be sold to one of their biggest rivals.”. Vidic helped United to many successes as he formed perhaps the best partnership in the Sir Alex Ferguson era with Rio Ferdinand as both were the bedrock which brought many trophies to Old Trafford. He is now retired after suffering series of injuries after leaving United.
Matic is a powerful midfielder who plays as an anchorman in the defensive midfield role. Widely regarded as one of the best in the world in that position, he is a fierce tackler, has astute reading of the game and displays calmness in and out of possession that is missing in most players that play his position. He has won two league titles in three and a half years back in England and will be looking to make it four come Next May.