Mourinho hails Lukaku & Matic despite open goal miss, defensive blunders

Mourinho hails Lukaku & Matic despite open goal miss, defensive blunders

However towards the end of the season he showed flashes of his brilliance and notched a crucial goal in the Europa League final to assist United in attaining Champions League football.

Matic's departure will force Conte to accelerate Bakayoko's progress into the starting XI when he returns to fitness. Bakayoko has not and I saw him in the Champions League past year.

Costa's rollercoaster Chelsea career is ending in acrimonious fashion, but Lampard thinks now is the right time for player and club to part ways. "They allowed [Eden] Hazard, [Cesc] Fabregas and whoever else was playing that bit of freedom and I'm hoping he'll do that for United for [Paul] Pogba, [Anthony] Martial, [Jesse] Lingard and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan".

"Alvaro is a really good player, he's still young despite having a lot of experience", Conte added. He will take time to settle.

"He brings aggression to United's midfield, which is something they've been lacking".

Neville also expects the arrival of Matic to help Paul Pogba fulfil his potential at Old Trafford.

"He has somebody in there that will fill the holes when he vacates them, he has licence to go wherever he wants and he [Matic] will provide that stability for the back four".

Matic, 29, joined United for £40m ($52m) on a three-year deal in July, becoming the club's third summer signing after Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku.

"He seemed like he wanted to leave previous year at times, although he was very influential and played very well", he said of Costa. This year is his year.

I know he was at Juventus but I don't think he was ever completely their No. 1 striker, slightly in and out at different times. That is hard to play with and Pogba was like that past year.

"It amazes me, why would you sell Matic to Manchester United? But I am happy for him that he scored a goal after that and I'm sure that he will continue to score goals and that he will score many this season". You are not only improving United in defensive midfield, you are making Pogba better, [Ander] Herrera better.

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