Ray Wilkins slams Chelsea for ‘unforgivable’ transfer deal with Man United

The former Chelsea assistant boss Ray Wilkins criticises the Blues for selling Nemanja Matic to Man United

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
David De Gea with new Manchester United signing Nemanja Matic Photo: Nemanja Matic / Instagram

Ray Wilkins has slammed Chelsea’s decision to sell Nemanja Matic to title rivals Manchester United in the summer.

The Serbia international was a key part of Antonio Conte’s team as Chelsea won the Premier League crown with two games to spare last term.

Matic won the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho in 2014-15 when he established himself as one of the division’s top defensive midfielders.

Chelsea signed France international Tiemoue Bakayoko in a £40m deal from Ligue 1 champions Monaco in the summer transfer window.

Bakyoko’s arrival prompted the defending champions to make the surprise decision to sell Matic to title rivals Manchester United in a £40m deal.

Matic helped to release club-record signing Paul Pogba to play in a more advanced role in Mourinho’s Manchester United team.

Chelsea still managed to secure a 1-0 win against the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge last weekend as Bakayoko got the better of Matic.

However, ex-Blues assistant manager Wilkins still believes selling Matic to Manchester United was a big mistake.

“The selling of Matic to Man United was an absolute disgrace. That should never have happened,” Wilkins told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“He is going to be the difference in Man United winning and not winning this year.”

Chelsea moved to within a point of second-placed Manchester United thanks to their 1-0 win against their title rivals at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

The Blues are nine points behind current leaders Manchester City.

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