Jose Mourinho told Man United signing is best Premier League midfielder
Tony Gale names Manchester United signing Nemanja Matic as the Premier League's best midfielder
Tony Gale has hailed Manchester United signing Nemanja Matic as the Premier League’s best summer signing.
The Red Devils signed the Serbia international in a £40m deal from defending Premier League champions in the summer transfer window despite his influential role in Chelsea’s title success last term.
Matic has already made a big impression at Old Trafford since his summer switch after helping to transform Manchester United into one of the title favourites this term.
The Red Devils have scored 21 goals and have kept six clean sheets to move level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table.
Manchester United have the most-expensive midfielder in the world in their ranks in the shape of France international Paul Pogba.
However, former West Ham forward Gale believes Manchester United summer signing Matic is the best Premier League midfielder.
“I’ll go for Matic [as the Premier League’s best midfielder] because simply he’s made the biggest difference,” Gale told Sky Sports News.
“Obviously there are more creative central midfield players around and everybody will go to the flare ones.
“But in terms of the importance to Manchester United, he’s the one for me. And believe it or not, although he does give that defensive solidity to them in front of the back four, he can see a pass as well.
“Because he’s six-foot four, maybe a little bit gangly, people don’t think he’s got that ability, but he has. So for me, it has to be Matic.”
Serbia international Matic won two Premier League titles in three seasons under Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho.
The Blues have lost 3-2 to Burnley in their Premier League opener at Stamford Bridge, before a 1-0 defeat at the hands of leaders Manchester City.
The west London side signed six players in the summer transfer window to improve their squad.