Jose Mourinho played an absolute blinder when he sanctioned a move that’d see him reunited with Nemanja Matic. The Red Devils had been craving a midfield enforcer like the 29-year-old, and I don’t think anyone expected him to make the kind of impact that he has.
Today, Sky Sports News (via 101 Great Goals) released a graphic with some of the most vital statistics that highlight just how a defensive-minded midfielder is performing – and my, do they portray our Serbian beast in a positive light.
Have a look at the Nemanja Matic graphic here:
As you can see, he’s leading in every category. He’s first in tackles with 12, of which he’s won 9. Joint-first when it comes to interceptions and top of the charts for both passes and touches.
That’s mightily impressive given that he’s still improving upon his relationship with his new Manchester United teammates. We’ve been crying out for this type of player for years, but I genuinely didn’t think he’d have such a positive impact in so little time.
He has been absolutely everywhere since day one – and against Everton on Sunday, he put in a Man of the Match performance as he broke up the play, but also got United moving in the right direction when in possession. He’ll be integral to any title charge we make this term, and it was an absolute masterstroke to bring him in. I’m still surprised that Chelsea sold him to a direct rival!