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Jose Mourinho reveals why he almost rejected trying to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho begins his second season in charge of Manchester United on Sunday at home to West Ham where the Old Trafford faithful will get to see their new signings in action.

The Red Devils' three acquisitions so far this transfer window will cost the club, overall, in excess of £150 million and expectation around United is, once again, high.

Victor Lindelof's signing from Benfica was followed by Romelu Lukaku's arrival from Everton. However, despite the latter's high regard, it may be recent signing Nemanja Matic who could secretly turn out to be their most important purchase.


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Paul Pogba, for a year at least, was the most expensive player on the planet last season, following his £89 million return from Juventus. But the Frenchman failed to live up to expectations.

And while there will be a belief that he can re-find the inspired form he showed for the Turin club, Mourinho will be licking his lips when he looks at the other fine midfield choices he has to choose from this season, also.

Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera are all strong options for Mourinho in the middle of the park, and the Portuguese has admitted he was delighted to be able to add Matic to his squad.

United boss hails Matic 'consistency'

"I am very happy to have him because he is one of those players with no question marks," Mourinho said, per Goal.

"He doesn't need time to adapt. He’s not a young guy coming from another country. He’s just turned 29 and he has five years' Premier League experience.


"He gives me something I really like which is consistency. He is a fantastic signing for us because I can trust him to perform at a high level."

It's a move that surprised many considering Chelsea willingly sold a player that featured in all but three of the club's Premier League fixtures last campaign - starting 30 - to a direct rival for the league title this campaign.

Mourinho believed Matic deal was impossible

But that will be of no worry to the former Blues boss who has admitted he was close to not even considering signing Matic until he was made aware of his interest in joining United.

"I could see when I first came to United that we needed a Matic-type player," said Mourinho.


"But there are not many around and I do not like to go after players where it is an impossible mission. Then I heard that he wanted to join United and could make it happen."

Mourinho will now be hoping his £40 million acquisition will be able to help replicate the success the pair had in 2014-15, when Chelsea won the Premier League title - this time at Old Trafford.

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