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Man United signing Nemanja Matic 'very happy' to be part of club

Man United signing Nemanja Matic 'very happy' to be part of club”

Jones and fellow defender Daley Blind were sanctioned by European football's governing body after they were found guilty of breaching doping regulations following United's Europa League final triumph in May.

Manchester United won their final pre-season game of the summer by beating Sampdoria 2-1 last night.

The midfielder, who completed his £40m signing from Chelsea on Monday, is expected to make his non-competitive debut for the club. Every game is a new challenge and it is going to be the same against them. Next week we have the chance to lift another one which is going to be hard against a team like Real Madrid.

Mourinho made four changes at the break bringing on Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata for Matic, Paul Pogba, Pereira and Mkhitaryan.

He said: "As you know already, he is an wonderful player, he is a very important player for this club and he is still young and he can still improve and he is going to be important for us".

'It was odd [not playing in pre-season] because the team has played and had a good pre-season but, as you know, I trained alone in London'.

The 29-year old suffered back-to-back defeats with Chelsea in the competition, first to Atletico Madrid in 2012 and then to Bayern Munich the following season but is encouraged by the Red Devils' pre-season form which has seen them claim six wins in seven games including a penalty win over Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup last month.

"Manchester is a big club and the title is the biggest target".

With his future up in the air, Matic was forced to train alone at Chelsea this summer.

Romelu Lukaku next flashed a curling shot around the post as United began to control proceedings at the Aviva Stadium, but Sampdoria steadied and saw out the remainder of the first half.

After winning six of their seven preseason games, United's campaign starts with the UEFA Super Cup and West Ham's visit to Old Trafford in the Premier League on August 13.

As far as the midfield is concerned, Spanish global Ander Herrera should partner defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic in the center of the park.



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