English Premiership

Matic: Man Utd transition has been easy

2017-08-29 11:07
Nemanja Matic.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says it has been an easy transition joining the Red Devils from Chelsea.

The Serbia international has been reunited with manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, slotting seamlessly into a side that has stormed to back-to-back Premier League victories.

"I have become one of the more experienced players by now," Matic said. "At the age of 29 it's only normal that I wouldn't need a long time to adapt.

"I knew many of the players from before, as I've played against them quite a few times, so I knew what kind of a team they are.

"And of course, the team helped me adapt quickly, they treated me very well from the very first day I entered the dressing room.

"The guys helped me adapt as soon as possible, and of course, on the pitch we also help out each other. So adapting was not a problem."

Matic has two Premier League winners medals from his time with the Blues, and is expecting a tight title race this season.

"There are five or six clubs with a realistic shot at the title and have realistic hopes of contending," he said.

"So it will be really difficult, but we all know very well that Manchester has to play to win every single game, and there are plenty of games left to play.

"The Champions League hasn't started yet, we were drawn into a good group, with some quality sides, so we'll see what happens."

Matic remained tight-lipped over his Chelsea exit amid rumours that he was surplus to requirements by manager Antonio Conte after signing Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Asked to give details on his exit the Serbian responded "no comment" on the rumours.


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