"Wonderful gesture" - Phil Neville thanks Chelsea for selling Matic to Man United

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte claims Chelsea need some new signings to help their title defence

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte claims Chelsea need some new signings to help their title defence

The Manchester United midfielder's Old Trafford debut was overshadowed by Romelu Lukaku's two goals against the Hammers in their Premier League opener on Sunday afternoon.

Chelsea's decision to let the 29-year-old leave has been called into question, especially after the Blues' shock 3-2 defeat to Burnley in their opening game of the season.

Mourinho signed Matic for Chelsea from Benfica in 2014.

And as the United squad flocked to Lukaku at the corner flag, Mata made a point - quite literally - of singling out Matic's role in the goal. That's why we won 4-0 against a very good team in the first game. I am very happy for the team and we we will have more confidence going into the next game.

Matic robbed West Ham of possession, allowing the ball to break to Marcus Rashford, but rather than rest on his laurels his followed the play, overlapping to the left of Rashford to create more space for his new team-mate.

Sky Sports correspondent Kaveh Solkehol has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the west London club were keen to hold on to the Serbian central midfielder. I thought he was outstanding today.

"But I didn't disturb him, I didn't disturb or Chelsea, I never thought it was possible unless something special was happening and it looks like something was happening because his agent told me you can have him, you just have to pay".

Football host Jake Humphrey was impressed with Matic's performance, tweeting "what were Chelsea thinking".

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