Nemanja Vidic Explains Why Matic Is So Important to Man Utd and Compares Serb to Red Devils Legend

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Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic believes Nemanja Matic's experience in winning league titles is a positive for Jose Mourinho's side.

Matic won the Premier League twice with Chelsea before moving to United earlier this summer, a transfer which raised many eyebrows as the Serbia international swapped one title rival for another.

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Vidic, who spent eight years at Old Trafford, believes Matic's past in winning trophies could be a big factor should United be involved in the title race later in the season.

He told United's website: "There are not so many players left at Old Trafford who have won the title before, so that trophy-winning mentality is very important because it can't only come from a very successful manager. Nemanja has been there before and he knows what it's like when the pressure really builds in a title race.

"He's a very good signing for us. He's a top player for the position and I'm surprised that Antonio Conte let him go. He played most of their games last season and did really well, so I didn't expect him to be sold to one of their biggest rivals. The way he's played in his first few games suggests he is a United player."

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Vidic also believes Matic is similar to current Red Devils midfielder Michael Carrick, who has won five Premier League titles with the club and is seen by many as a United legend.

He added: "He has similar qualities to Michael Carrick, who has been a great player for the club. Michael is now 36; Nemanja is younger at 29 but he's also very experienced. He's been at big clubs, including Benfica and Chelsea, where he's won titles."