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Matic is a genius, says Mourinho

06 August 2017, 01:34 | Kristopher Drake

GETTYNeymar reportedly came close to joining Man Utd last summer

GETTYNeymar reportedly came close to joining Man Utd last summer

I thank the club. I feel really sorry for him and I don't think it's fair.

But, after his performances during United's pre-season tour, he's set to be included in Jose Mourinho's Premier League and Champions League squads next season, according to the Duncan Castles. Pogba's consistency at United hasn't been good enough, although he has the ability and talent of most of those performers.

United have a squad depth that can't be rivalled in the league meaning that there will be no issues of burnout granted we remain injury-free next season.

But United will start the season without him.

The timing of Mourinho's statement does seem a little odd given that it's only pre-season, but he's trying to build-up the Frenchman's confidence ahead of the new campaign.

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"My tip for the title in 2016-17 went down the gurgler before Christmas, but this year we will get the duel many people were expecting - Pep v Jose for No.1 spot".

Mourinho was able to deliver three trophies for United in his debut campaign, while securing a return to Champions League competition. There is a good mix of experience, talent and potential with many of our core players yet to reach their peak.

United's three major summer signings to date are all comfortably over six feet tall, with Nemanja Matic standing at 6ft 4in, Romelu Lukaku 6ft 3in and Victor Lindelof 6ft 2in.

But the other defensive positions are far more precarious. The manager is a big fan of the former Benfica defender and had been keen to bring him to United in January before finally landing him in the summer.

The Red Devils remain the most successful team in English football, with Sir Alex Ferguson having overseen 13 Premier League title wins and two Champions League successes during his legendary reign. "Matic is very much a signing for Mourinho's time, his birthday was this week [he turned 29], it's not an investment for 10 years down the line, he's buying something for the next four or five years. I have seven days until the Super Cup, but I'm sure that everyone is ready and I will try to be 100% ready and hopefully we can do something for this club".

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