Manchester United can challenge for league title, insists Matic


"You get the feeling that Chelsea didn't really want Matic to go, but players can push for a move at times and that is why this deal feels different compared to Petr Cech's move from Chelsea to Arsenal a couple of years back".

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.

"They are getting rid of players who are experienced and from who you know exactly what you're going to get".

The Belgium worldwide, signed from Everton for a reported initial fee of £75 million last month, netted in the second half of his competitive debut in United's 2-1 UEFA Super Cup loss on Tuesday.

Matic believes the 24-year-old will have had his confidence boosted by his goal and expects him to hit the ground running when the Premier League begins this weekend.

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"There is very rarely such big transfers between champions to clubs that are challenging them and it is a unusual move". I am happy with the effort the club did and that the club managed to do 75 per cent of the work before the Premier League starts. He was good in some games, inexperienced in others.

"But now the Premier League, then the Champions League will come, the FA Cup and the League Cup". "We want to create a dynasty".

Now, though, the focus is on West Ham, a side bolstered by summer signings such as Marko Arnautovic, Joe Hart, Javier Hernandez and Pablo Zabaleta.

"We have to respect them because they have a very good team".

"I think the [Matic] sale at this moment in time, with that Chelsea squad, could cost them the league". "Now is our chance to fight for the Premier League and we have to do it as well".