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Steven Gerrard 'could not believe' Nemanja Matic move

Gerrard 'could not believe' Matic move
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Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard says that he 'could not believe' that Chelsea allowed Nemanja Matic to join Manchester United in the summer.

Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has claimed that he 'could not believe' that Chelsea allowed Nemanja Matic to join Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

Matic played a key role in Chelsea landing the Premier League title last season, but the Serbian was allowed to join United in a £40m deal ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

Gerrard has paid tribute to the 29-year-old's qualities, and admitted that he was flabbergasted that Chelsea decided to sell the midfielder to a direct rival for the Premier League title.

"[He's] one of the toughest opponents I've played against as a six," Gerrard told BT Sport. "He's very leggy, he's good in the air, he competes, he always gets a toe in, he can run and match your runs.

"He's very aggressive with the ball and without the ball, he can burst past you with it and he can catch you if you manage to stride past him on the odd occasion.

"Couldn't believe [that Chelsea had let him go]. I think out of all the Manchester United players I've seen them sign over the years he's the one, as a Liverpool fan, I thought 'Oh no. I hope not,' and then it happened."

Matic has played every minute of United's Premier League and Champions League campaigns this season.


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Nemanja Matic in action during the Champions League game between Manchester United and Basel on September 12, 2017
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1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
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13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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