Jose Mourinho 'surprised' Chelsea let Nemanja Matic join Manchester United


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he was "surprised" to have been offered Nemanja Matic in the summer transfer window.

"I was surprised when [Matic's] agent called me to say 'do you want him?' " Mourinho told Sky Sports News.

Mourinho did just that, signing the midfielder for £40m in what has proved to be a shrewd bit of business with Matic playing every minute of United's Premier League season so far.

Manchester United have a very poor record in their recent league competition trips to Stamford Bridge, so it's only natural that the Red Devils enter the Super Sunday affair as underdogs. Normally he's very direct and objective, he doesn't waste time, he doesn't try to get people to be interested in his players to improve their situation at their club. Chelsea have been facing some extravagant injury issues and with N'Golo Kante still a doubt, the players need to be on their toes given that Matic and Herrera have been performing really well.

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Chelsea and Manchester United, as well as Tottenham Hotspur who welcome Crystal Palace on Sunday, will be hoping Arsene Wenger's men can cause an upset at the Etihad and blow the title race wide open. The fact that it's Mourinho's former club that he led to a league in two different stints as manager, only heightens the importance of this match. "Sometimes I feel that I could or I should, but other times I cool down and I think that I shouldn't and I'm not going to do that".

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he explained: 'He's progressing well and we have also tomorrow and then I'll take the best decision for him and for the team.

"I think Scott is going to be a great player and already is a great player", Matic told MUTV.

Matic scored once in 35 Premier League appearances during Chelsea's title-winning 2016/17 season.