Nemanja Matic.

What does Nemanja think of our new signings?

Thursday 08 October 2020 16:00

Nemanja Matic says he is excited by the four new signings made by Manchester United on the final day of the summer transfer window.

The Reds captured Edinson Cavani, Amad Diallo (who arrives in January), Facundo Pellistri and Alex Telles during a whirlwind 24-hour period on deadline day, and the Serbian has told us that the new acquisitions will provide a welcome boost for the squad.

“It's always good when we have additions to the team,” said the experienced midfielder. “We’ve signed quality players, so we will see what they can bring to our team. So we're happy; we are happy to see them. Hopefully they can fit very well in our team and they can win some trophies with us.”

Arguably the most high-profile transfer of United’s window – which started with the arrival of Donny van de Beek from Ajax – was that of legendary Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani.

The ex-Paris Saint-Germain man is a familiar foe for Matic, who has played against the man known as El Matador on several occasions during his time with former clubs Benfica and Chelsea.

And Matic made it immediately clear that the striker is someone held in great esteem by those at the top of the football world.

“I played against him a few times,” explained Nemanja. “A great player, a great player. Very experienced. He scores goals, always. So I hope he will continue to do the same job for us.”

Asked whether the players shared the same feverish sense of expectation as fans around transfer-deadline day, Matic was more circumspect.

According to the 32-year-old, news travels fast inside the walls of the Aon Training Complex, so the players are often aware of what transfers are in the pipeline.

Matic says that the players’ excitement comes when new personalities actually arrive and join the squad.

“Inside the club, we probably, more or less, know what is going on,” he admits. “So we don't need to read the papers to have more information.

“But we're always excited to see somebody come in and, of course, it's always good to see new faces in the team, especially when we sign the quality players like we did. So yeah, I'm happy. I'm happy for the team and happy for them [the new players].”

Three of United’s four new players have been included in the 25-man A list set to compete in the group stage of this season’s Champions League: Cavani, Pellistri and Telles. Diallo is set to join from Atalanta at a later date.

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