We managers are many times happy with them even when they don't score because of the way they participate'. Hours after such claims surfaced, United have seemingly made a breakthrough.
Nemanja Matic is six-foot-four, roughly the same height as the Belgian, and a more capable footballer with the ball at his feet. And with Cesc Fabregas being assured game time for The Blues it's clear that Antonio Conte is willing to cash in on the Serb. The last was Owen Hargreaves in 2007-08. While The Guardian reports that no official fee has been announced, Sky Sports quotes that a £40million fee has been agreed between the two clubs.
But speaking after United's 3-0 win over Valerenga, Mourinho was reluctant to discuss whether the Serbian midfielder was close to joining but admitted the player wanted to move to Old Trafford. Elsewhere, he's compared favourably to Pogba when the pair fulfill completely different functions. Take a look at these.
Matic's tenacity and defensive skills are valued highly by Jose Mourinho. They then face Sampdoria in Dublin on Wednesday. And most importantly - Matic wants to leave to work under Mourinho again.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are looking for a midfielder themselves to replace the Serbian international.
The Chelsea midfielder reportedly underwent a medical on Sunday and a picture of him wearing United training gear began to circulate on social media. He seems to have lost all of his tactical discipline, and could be accused of floating in and out of games.