Matic sale to Man Utd 'surprised' Lampard

The United manager said that Matic'played really well in Macedonia on Tuesday night

Having re-signed for the Blues while Mourinho was still at the helm, the 29-year-old became a pivotal player as Chelsea won their 4th Premier League title in 2014.

Lampard has no doubt that Matic's arrival will make United stronger.

"Petr had done such a lot for the club, Thibaut Courtois had come in and it would have been harsh to stop him moving to Arsenal when he was so settled in London, but this is different".

In other Red Devils news, United target Fabinho was seen to storm out of a Monaco training session, fuelling rumours of a potential exit.

Antonio Conte told the Evening Standard that he had hoped to utilize Nemanja Matic in a mentorship role for the newly acquired Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Conte stated: "Matic knows very well what I think about him - the importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team".

But Lampard believes the 24-year-old's determination to force his way out of a comfortable situation in the Spanish capital is a good sign. It's a very tough league and he'll have to stand up to that.

"He brings aggression to United's midfield which is something I think they have been lacking". You would applaud that but those players aren't even at the club now.

He added: "We can do that but we can also play with four at the back.

But I am happy for him that he scored a goal after that and I'm sure that he will continue to score goals and that he will score many this season". All of a sudden United are in the driving seat ahead of Chelsea to win the Premier League.

"He was what we wanted him to be, to move the ball in a simple way to give balance to the team to start building from the back and he's a player with great experience, many years at the highest level and good experience good stability". "Hopefully by the time the window shuts it all comes together, and then the club moves forward".

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