Jose Mourinho's 2015 Comment About Nemanja Matic Goes Viral Amid Agreed Deal
Nemanja Matic to Manchester United would appear to be a done deal, with the Serbian reuniting with old boss Jose Mourinho in a £40 million deal.
News broke today that United and Chelsea had agreed a fee for the Serbian midfielder, and a leaked image of Matic of in United training gear, featuring the No.31 squad number, began to do to the rounds.
Nemanja Matic to @ManUtd almost done. Confirmation might not be today but Jose has got his 'number three',- Simon Stone (@sistoney67) July 30, 2017
Fee was agreed with Chelsea y'day for Matic. Having medical today. Announcement today or tomo. More likely tomo at this stage #mufc- James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) July 30, 2017
Clearer picture of Nemanja Matic, who has today joined Manchester United for £40m. Solid signing. pic.twitter.com/lcxF1xmHSD- The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) July 30, 2017
The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to United this summer, with some reports last month suggesting that Matic to United was imminent, and that he would join up the squad for their pre-season tour of the United States.
Things took a little longer to iron out though, with Chelsea seemingly wanting to bring Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco before they offloaded Matic. Now that the Blues have added the combative midfielder to their ranks, they have signed off Matic's exit.
Plenty have reacted to the news on social media, with one story in particular doing the rounds yet again.
Two years ago, Chelsea lost five games in the opening 58 days of the season and manager Jose Mourinho criticised individuals in front of the entire squad.
One of those individuals? Nemanja Matic.
During their poor run of form under Mourinho back in October 2015, as reported by Neil Ashton from the Daily Mail, the Portuguese told Matic that 'he needed too many touches to control the ball.'
REVEALED: Mourinho axed Matic after telling him he couldn't control the ball well enough http://t.co/Q6zecnCawi- MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) October 2, 2015
He was earlier axed for their 2-1 Champions League defeat against Porto.
Branislav Ivanovic, Oscar, Cesar Azpilicueta and John Terry were also among the players who were slated by Mourinho, but his comments about Matic are particular interesting given that Mourinho is now signing him for a second time.
Is Matic the ideal candidate to slot into United's midfield and give Paul Pogba the extra bit of freedom he so desperately craves?
Would Fabinho or Eric Dier be better fits?
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