He played only 45 minutes, he couldn’t last the whole match, he is not that fit yet, but even that was enough to show how right Manchester United were to sign him from Chelsea.
He needs time but experience, intelligence, a genius in the way he thinks – he thinks football. We will help him to be ready sooner rather than later
Jose Mourinho told reporters about Nemanja Matic after United’s 2-1 win over Sampdoria in a friendly match, in which the Serbia international made his debut wearing the red jersey.
To get three out of four I thank the club for that, I will be happier if they get me four of four but they did a great effort for me
the Portuguese manager then said, talking about the club’s moves in the transfer market. United signed defender Victor Lindelöf from Benfica, striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton, and now Matic from champions Chelsea, spending more than £150 million.
They still have something less than a month to make Mourinho’s fourth wish come true, but either way, they have already added three starters – most probably – to their squad, leaving their manager very satisfied with how the club have already done this summer.