Neville makes bold Chelsea claim about Man United signing

Former Manchester United star Phil Neville questions Chelsea's decision to sell Nemanja Matic to their direct title rivals

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Phil Neville believes Nemanja Matic’s move to Manchester United could cost Chelsea the Premier League title.

The Serbia international moved to Manchester United in a £40m transfer from Premier League champions Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

Matic was brought back to the Premier League in 2014 under current Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho during his second stint at Stamford Bridge.

The 29-year-old was a key part of Mourinho’s title-winning side before Matic helped Chelsea to win the Premier League in their first season under Antonio Conte.

However, the English champions sanctioned the sale of Matic to their direct title rivals following the arrival of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The Serb was Manchester United’s best player in a 2-1 loss to Champions League holders Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup on Tuesday night.

Former Manchester United defender Neville questioned Chelsea’s decision to sell Matic to the Red Devils.

“Chelsea are weaker than last season – no Diego Costa, no Matic – and I’m concerned for them. Is Tiemoue Bakayoko a similar type of player to Matic? Will he gel alongside Kante?” Neville told Sky Sports.

“Matic has intelligence and experience of the Premier League. Bakayoko has not and I saw him in the Champions League last year. He was good in some games, inexperienced in others. He will take time to settle.

“I think the [Matic] sale at this moment in time, with that Chelsea squad, could cost them the league.”

Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last season to end up behind Liverpool and Arsenal in the top-four race.

The Red Devils won the EFL Cup and the Europa League to pick up silverware under Mourinho in the Portuguese coach’s first season at Old Trafford.

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