Michael Owen names Man United midfielder as signing of the season

The former Liverpool striker names Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic as one of the signings of the season

David De Gea with new Manchester United signing Nemanja Matic Photo: David De Gea / Instagram

Michael Owen has named Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic as one of the signings of the season.

The Red Devils brought in Matic in a £40m deal from Premier League champions Chelsea in the summer transfer window despite the midfielder playing a key role in their 2016-17 title success.

The Manchester United summer signing’s impact at Old Trafford is already clear to see with Paul Pogba getting more of a free role in Jose Mourinho’s exciting Red Devils team.

Matic has made one assist in six appearances in the Premier League so far this season to help the Red Devils collect 16 points from their opening six Premier League games.

Manchester United will face Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in three of their next seven games in what will be a serious test of their title credentials.

However, former Liverpool striker Owen believes Matic is already looking like the signing of the season following his impressive start to life at Old Trafford.

“Matic is possibly one of the signings of the season,” Owen told BT Sport on Wednesday night.

“He sits there and he knows his limitations. When you have someone like that, you can attack with freedom.

“You can commit bodies forward and you know you have that safety player in there.”

Matic was part of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea team that won the Premier League title in the 2014-15 season.

The Serbia midfielder was also a member of Antonio Conte’s impressive Blues side that secured the top-flight crown last term.

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