Phil Neville: Manchester United's title bid strengthened by signing of Nemanja Matic

Matic made his competitive Manchester United debut in the 2-1 loss against Real Madrid

Matic made his competitive Manchester United debut in the 2-1 loss against Real Madrid

Neville told Sky Sports.

Jose Mourinho's men could only muster a painful 1-1 draw in this fixture last season - a result reflective of their ongoing woes at home in the Premier League last season - and cannot afford to start off in the same way on Sunday.

Matic followed Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku as part of the United manager's summer reinforcement drive, with the defensive midfielder arriving fresh from winning the title with Antonio Conte's Chelsea.

Matic won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup across two spells at Chelsea.

"But [Conte] spoke about him in such a way about his incredible importance to the job they did previous year - Matic and N'Golo Kante in front of that back three - and I have no doubt that he has not sanctioned that move, he is not happy with it and ultimately he is uncomfortable with it".

Matic was one of Manchester United's best players in an otherwise disappointing 2-1 loss to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup.

"On Sunday, we have a very important game at Old Trafford in front of all our supporters".

"It's the start of the Premier League and it's very important for us".

"As you know, he missed a very good chance but this can happen - it's football".

His final message to us that season was simple - enjoy your summer, bask in the glory, but be prepared to work when you get back, .

"We played against a very good side".

"You get the feeling that Chelsea didn't really want Matic to go, but players can push for a move at times and that is why this deal feels different compared to Petr Cech's move from Chelsea to Arsenal a couple of years back".

"There is very rarely such big transfers between champions to clubs that are challenging them and it is a odd move". "We want to create a dynasty".

"We are ready and West Ham will be ready as well, because they have also played a pre-season and surely they are going to be fit as well", Herrera added.

"We tried everything to equalise and then to win the game", said the former Chelsea man.