Man Utd legend Scholes: Matic awkward

Nemanja Matic has revealed how he developed into a defensive midfielder at Benfica

Liverpool legend Steven Gerard has claimed that Manchester United man Nemanja Matic is one of the toughest midfield opponents he has ever played against.

But Matic, who also played under Mourinho at Chelsea, has revealed why he thinks the Portuguese manager is hard to work with.

'Sometimes it isn't easy to work with him, because he always demands more.

Many were surprised that Chelsea opted to sell Matic to the Red Devils after he played a key role in helping the Blues win the Premier League title under Antonio Conte last season. Even when you play the best match in your career, he considers that you can play better in the next match.

Former Liverpool captain and 2005 Champions League victor Steven Gerrard has gone against his beloved Reds and backed Premier League high-flyers Manchester City to win Europe's biggest prize this season.

"Couldn't believe [that Chelsea had let him go]".

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"This is a man who possesses all human virtues".

The 29-year-old arrived at Old Trafford in the summer to work with Mourinho after Chelsea allowed him to leave Stamford Bridge for €44.7 million.

Scholes says Matic is an awkward player - but in a good way.

'I don't want to talk about the goals of the club, but when I mention Manchester United I think the ambitions are clear to everyone. "City look real big favourites in this competition for me".

Man United did not have the personnel needed to mount a serious title challenge a year ago, and their insufficient resources eventually told as they finished in a lowly 6th place, a whopping 24 points behind winners Chelsea.

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