Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Chelsea wrong to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United - Phil Neville

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Former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville believes that Chelsea's terrible decision to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United has strengthened their rival’s title bid.

Matic joined United from Chelsea for a fee in the region of £40m after winning the English Premier League with the Blues last season.

Phil Neville was speaking on Sky Sports new nightly show 'The Debate' he said the addition of Matic puts United in the driving seat ahead of fellow rivals Chelsea.

"I can't think of a reason why Chelsea would sell him," Neville said. "If Nathaniel Chalobah or Ruben Loftus-Cheek were still there they could get rid of Matic and play a younger kid.
"You would applaud that but those players aren't even at the club now. They have weakened their own team and strengthened Manchester United, who now have a better chance of winning the Premier League than Chelsea.
"United were crying out for a central midfielder with the qualities of Nemanja Matic. He is probably the best in England alongside N'Golo Kante.
"Chelsea have broken up that partnership and strengthened their rivals. All of a sudden United are in the driving seat ahead of Chelsea to win the Premier League.
"Chelsea are weaker than last season - no Diego Costa, no Matic - and I'm concerned for them. Is Tiemoue Bakayoko a similar type of player to Matic? Will he gel alongside Kante?
"Matic has intelligence and experience of the Premier League. Bakayoko has not and I saw him in the Champions League last year. He was good in some games, inexperienced in others. He will take time to settle.

"I think the [Matic] sale at this moment in time, with that Chelsea squad, could cost them the league."
Source: Sky Sports

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