Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Phil Neville: Manchester United's title bid strengthened by signing of Nemanja Matic

Phil Neville: Manchester United's title bid strengthened by signing of Nemanja Matic

Lampard believes Matic will help to transform United into Premier League title contenders this season, as he suggested Paul Pogba may be the biggest victor from the arrival of a new holding midfielder who will give him more freedom to get forward.

Jose Mourinho was in charge for the latter campaign and, despite securing Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield glory, along with Champions League qualification, knows they have to do better in the league.

They have weakened their own team and strengthened Manchester United, who now have a better chance of winning the Premier League than Chelsea.

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ANTONIO CONTE has reportedly told Chelsea chiefs to sign Barcelona star Sergi Roberto as Nemanja Matic's replacement. "But I am happy for him that he scored a goal after that and I'm sure that he will continue to score goals and that he will score many this season".

"There is very rarely such big transfers between champions to clubs that are challenging them and it is a odd move".

"I think we played everything so we don't lose this game", the Serbian said after a performance that thoroughly impressed Mourinho. He was good in some games, inexperienced in others.

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Neville had his say on the matter at the Premier League launch in London today.

"The Premier League starts on Sunday, there is no time to be upset, we want to be contenders for the title and we want to fight for every title this season".

"In every position, we have two very good players, so I am optimistic for this season and let's forget about Madrid".

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Chelsea's squad, or whatever's left of it by the time kick-off rolls around in a little over 48 hours, face a theoretically much weaker Burnley side at Stamford Bridge, but if there is one thing that Burnley won't do is make it easy for the boys in brand new Nike blue.

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