Mourinho hails Lukaku & Matic despite open goal miss, defensive blunders

Mourinho hails Lukaku & Matic despite open goal miss, defensive blunders

Matic joined United last month in a £40 million move and Scholes has welcomed the signing of the Serbian midfielder, who helped Chelsea to win the Premier League title last season.

"I think you saw that a year ago", he said.

Nemanja Matic made 112 defensive actions in the Premier League last season.

United lost 2-1 to the LaLiga giants but Mourinho remained upbeat after the Skopje encounter, picking out Matic in particular for praise. They have weakened their own team and strengthened Manchester United, who now have a better chance of winning the Premier League than Chelsea.

"Whether Conte knows something different to us, I don't know", he said. Lampard does not believe the situation will make the Frenchman's adaptation to the Premier League harder, but he conceded that the challenge facing the 22-year-old is a significant one.

"It amazes me, why would you sell Matic to Manchester United?".

"He brings aggression to United's midfield which is something I think they have been lacking".

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"You would applaud that but those players aren't even at the club now".

Prior to his first "official" goal for United, Lukaku had already scored three times for the club during pre-season with strikes against Real Salt Lake, Manchester City and Valerenga. The Champions League is obviously more hard.

On the prospect of re-signing Ibrahimovic once the 35-year-old striker has recovered, Mourinho said: "We are having conversations and discussing the possibility of him staying for the second part of the season".

"But I repeat - for sure this a gross loss, a great loss for us".

"Once he gets into that, and comfortable with the surroundings - and the magnitude of what's expected of him - he'll be a good signing". "They allowed [Eden] Hazard, [Cesc] Fabregas and whoever else was playing that bit of freedom and I'm hoping he'll do that for United for [Paul] Pogba, [Anthony] Martial, [Jesse] Lingard and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan".

"They've been very successful over the past 10 to 15 years, so I think you have to have faith in that".

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