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United sealed a £40m deal for Matic last month, with the move not appearing to have been well received by Blues manager Antonio Conte, who has struggled to disguise his annoyance in a summer when Chelsea have failed to land some of his top transfer targets.

"Matic knows very well what I think about him - the importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team", he said.

"It wasn't a fantastic year for United or Pogba, but it was successful in the end and that is all that matters", adds Lampard, as he passed judgement on the midfielder United paid £89m to sign from Juventus last summer. "But he is a great loss for us".

No new Chelsea signing is under more pressure than Alvaro Morata, brought in for a club-record initial fee of £58m from Real Madrid to replace the unsettled Diego Costa as the focal point of Conte's attack.

And Matic has outlined the Premier League title as his main aim with Manchester United this season. Six teams are very strong and you must be prepared.

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Manchester United will be hoping to drastically improve their Premier League form this term after they finished in sixth place last season.

West Ham have also been active in the transfer market after flirting with the relegation zone last season and could feature Mexico worldwide and ex-United striker Javier Hernandez in attack on Sunday. We want to be competitive and we want to fight for the title again.

Prior to his first "official" goal for United, Lukaku had already scored three times for the club during pre-season with strikes against Real Salt Lake, Manchester City and Valerenga.

"It won't be easy".

Conte selected Michy Batshuayi ahead of the striker for Sunday's FA Community Shield defeat against Arsenal, but said that he is happy with his new signing's progress. We played against a very good side. "He's working very well and starting to understand or idea of football". I think he has good prospects for Chelsea - for now and the future.

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent.

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