While £75million striker Romelu Lukaku has been signed to fill the void left by 28-goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it is the arrival of Nemanja Matic that represents a clear boost for Manchester United’s Premier League title chances, according to manager Jose Mourinho. The 29-year-old Serbian was far from the most glamorous member of Chelsea’s championship teams of 2015 and 2017, but he gave more talented players the freedom to cause havoc by doing the dirty work in midfield. It is something Paul Pogba and others should benefit from when United begin their league campaign against West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Mourinho could field the most expensive starting XI the Premier League has ever seen, featuring the country's two most expensive players — Pogba and Lukaku — costing a total of around £400m.
The Portuguese Manchester United manager,has this to say ahead of the clubs first league play of the season 'I was not sitting around having tea,' he says. 'My dedication to my job is always the maximum, even more than when I started.
'At the end of the season we will see the results, but I look forward to it with optimism and enthusiasm. I want to play West Ham — a difficult match — then go to Swansea for another difficult match. I want the Champions League to start. I am on fire.'