Manchester United must win games like Stoke clash to take title - Matic

Romelu Lukaku scores for Manchester United versus Stoke

Romelu Lukaku scores for Manchester United versus Stoke

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that Nemanja Matic is the one of the best individuals he has ever worked so far in his career.

Goals against the run of play deflated United at times last season, but this time around it looked as if Stoke's opener had a galvanising effect, nearly as if they entered another gear.

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During a match between the Blues and Southampton in 2015, Mourinho brought the player on as a second-half substitute, but surprisingly took him off again after just 30 minutes.

Mourinho told The Times (via goal): "Matic, I can not say that I had better guys than him in my career". And he has with me something that marks forever, which was a match where I play him minute 45 and I took him off minute 70/75.

"The press wants a story, the press wants blood", remembers Mourinho. My blood, his blood, or both.

'He was really sad.

The 28-year-old has lost his place in the starting XI following the arrival of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and is out of contract at the end of the season.

Now, two seasons later, the mature reaction of Matic has stuck in the mind of Mourinho, with the Red Devils boss as he spoke out about the professionalism of his player.

'But the next day he comes to see me and he says, "I'm not happy, but it's my fault". "I don't like that clear separation of "I play in this competition and you play in this competition". So let's keep going'".

'We didn't keep going for a long time because a few weeks later I was sacked, ' Mourinho added. But again, he was one of "my guys", was one of the guys that we kept close during these years even not working together.

"Even if [Eric] Bailly and [Phil] Jones were not suspended, probably I would still play Lindelof and Smalling tomorrow".

Jose Mourinho's men started the league campaign with three comprehensive victories but found life hard on the short trip to the bet365 Stadium on Saturday and had to settle for a point in a 2-2 draw.

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