Nemanja Matic is a "great loss" for Chelsea says Antonio Conte

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

GETTYJose Mourinho was impressed with Nemanja Matic's display

But Mourinho was nevertheless impressed with his former Chelsea charge: "I think he played really well, I think in the moment they were moving the ball well of course was hard for us in the midfield".

"He's going to strengthen Manchester United".

The Belgium global, signed from Everton for a reported initial fee of £75million last month, netted in the second half of his competitive debut in United's 2-1 UEFA Super Cup loss on Tuesday.

"The importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team, but sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market".

"He's very similar in a way to Michael Carrick - a controlling midfielder". "But they are very experienced and they also had some chances to score another because at the end we tried to go with everything to score and they had some counter-attacks".

"Bakayoko is a good signing for us".

"I think he played really well", Mourinho said of the defensive midfielder.

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"He brings aggression to United's midfield, which is something they've been lacking".

"He's very good at winning the ball back and moving the ball very well". He was good in some games, inexperienced in others.

Fellow summer signing Lindelof struggled at times in a United defence that was missing several players through injury or suspension against Zinedine Zidane's Champions League winners.

"It is hard job to play against a team that dominates the possession - and he tried", Mourinho said of his striker.

"I have no doubt that he has not sanctioned that move, he is not happy with it and ultimately he is uncomfortable with it", Neville added. "We have to rest and to be ready for West Ham".

Phil Jones and Eric Bailly come back into contention for the Old Trafford clash as their suspension only covers European matches, swelling the Red Devils' defensive options. "Because now we have only three midfielders and we need another midfielder".

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