Manchester United can challenge for league title, insists Matic

Jose Mourinho’s men could only muster a painful 1-1 draw in this fixture last season – a result reflective of their ongoing woes at home in the Premier League last season – and cannot afford to start off in the same way on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho was in charge for the latter campaign and, despite securing Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield glory, along with Champions League qualification, knows they have to do better in the league.

Matic was frustrated with the result but has called on United to turn their full focus to Sunday’s league opener against West Ham. But he is a great loss for us’. Maybe now Pogba will have more freedom to get forward and people will expect to see goals and assists from him on a regular basis now in the big games. “And I do not think he likes it and I do not think he agrees with it because he said he has to strengthen now and fill that gap”. “But they are very experienced and they also had some chances to score another because at the end we tried to go with everything to score and they had some counter-attacks”.

“The Premier League starts on Sunday, there is no time to be upset, we want to be contenders for the title and we want to fight for every title this season”.

Lifting the Premier League trophy after our game against Blackburn in May 1993 was the best night of my career.

‘I think I had the benefit of realising how good he is when he’s playing just in front of you – on and off the ball. To make matters worse, Moses himself is not available thanks to the red card he picked up in last season’s FA Cup final.

At 29-years-old it could be argued that £40m constitutes good value for Matic but after making 35 appearances last term, it remains to be seen just how much Conte will miss his midfield general.