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Chelsea's sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United surprises Frank Lampard

13 August 2017, 07:18 | Anna Jefferson

Chelsea's sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United surprises Frank Lampard

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His first season at United was a year of building - and now he is ready to get to the top again.

As we stated before, United will kick off their campaign against a tough side such as West Ham United.

United did not finish lower than third in the Premier League era under Sir Alex Ferguson, but since his retirement have ended seventh, fourth, fifth and sixth.

You could easily say that any one of six teams (or who knows, maybe more) could win the title this year, and I don't know if there are any other leagues around the world, never-mind among the major leagues, where we could say that. "There are just a couple, not many", he said.

"Then I won't even think about it". But after two windows I have a good group and a football club much better equipped. And I felt that there was no chance this could happen.

Cast your minds back to this time previous year when West Ham United were dealing with Europa League qualifying football as well as an exhaustive trip to the United States of America for pre-season.

"Overall I believe that it s down to us".

'When I got a call that Matic wants to play for me, I thought he was the flawless player for me.

'Matic is one of those players where there are no question marks with him. He doesn't need time to adapt to England.

"Brighton is a lovely part of the country to come and live and work in, so they shouldn't have problems in terms of attracting players".

After signing a new five-year contract at Chelsea, the England under-21 worldwide has headed out on loan again to Swansea to gain Premier League experience.

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"He's one of those players who gives me what I like in a player, which is consistency. I really like his method of training, his motivation and his passion".

"We are much better organised in the areas that support the first-team squad".

Mourinho reiterated at a pre-match conference yesterday his satisfaction with the club's transfer business this summer window, despite not achieving "100 per cent" of his targets.

But beneath the unsmiling eyes shone an optimism about the season which was hard to hide from the questioning media.

Lukaku had a mixed evening in the Philip II Arena suffering a awful close range miss before the 24-year-old Belgian redeemed himself by scoring United's only goal. "Mourinho is a coach who likes more the ball practice, works the ball possession and makes short games", Willian added.

"They could have scored more goals than they did, we could have scored more goals than we did... But we try to win the game". Give everything. And then normally the results are a good outcome of that work.

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