It has been two years in the making, but finally Jose Mourinho will get to pair Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic together. For all the millions Manchester United have spent since the Portuguese coach took charge, this is the first signing that truly feels like it bears exclusively his fingerprints. The Serbian’s arrival offers the solidity and balance that Mourinho has craved, and which was so obviously missing in his first season at Old Trafford.
It has not come cheap though. At £40 million, the 29-year-old represents something of a gamble. But the midfield position has been as much of a priority for Mourinho as landing the goalscorer his side so desperately needed. Speaking earlier this summer, he outlined his desire to sign a player who would ‘give me more options to the balance and the team’. Pogba is easily United’s most marketable player, though he has been denied the perfect stage to shine so far (Picture: Getty) Matic has been a mainstay of two Premier League title-winning teams during his three full seasons back at Chelsea (Picture: Getty) Balance is the buzzword of every great Mourinho midfield. He needs a player to sit at the base to provide both […]