Manchester United new signings will need time to settle says Paul Ince

Expectations are high at Manchester United ahead of the new season and the manager seems happy with the transfers he has made so far despite the fact that he wants a fourth signing so he could say ‘done deal’ for the summer. Having signed Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic this side has improved a lot, yet one Manchester United legend thinks a bit differently. He believes that United still need time and in his opinion, it is a fact that Matic isn’t a big loss to Chelsea and here he explains why:

“Towards the back end of last season, he couldn’t get in their team. So I don’t think he’ll be a huge loss to them. But he’s still a very good player to sit in front of the back four, do the simple things, pass the ball – he’s good at what he does.” 

Paul Ince rates the Serbian but he thinks that the player won’t be truly missed there even though he does his job very well. There is something that must be said when it comes to Matic; even I as a United supporter wasn’t much convinced by him, but in his very first official game, Matic was doing exactly what we have been looking for a Michael Carrick replacement and Ince’s words do surprise me. These simple things cost you games and when you look at the previous season we suffered a lot because of those. It is his opinion, but it does feel that Chelsea will find it hard to find someone like him. Jose Mourinho knows Matic really well and working again with him would only mean positives  Time will tell, but Matic was United’s best player on the pitch against Real Madrid.

However, he does have a good point on what he says on Victor Lindelof. The Swedish has had a hard time adapting to a new team and this wasn’t what fans were expecting. Pre-season has been a blast for him and it feels like the player will need more minutes to understand the game and adapt to the style.

“Victor Lindelof still has a lot to learn. There have been a couple of games I’ve watched he’s dived in.” 

“It takes time, I know that from experience of going to United at a young age. You’ve got to understand what the club is all about. Once he gets into that, and comfortable with the surroundings – and the magnitude of what’s expected of him – he’ll be a good signing.”

His decision making is questionable while his defending has been terrible and he seems to have problems in concentrating which has led to many errors. Ince knows how these things work and he expects good news from Lindelof in terms of improving his game. Not everyone is Eric Bailly who immediately got in the Starting XI and will be causing Mourinho a headache by the time we start our UEFA Champions League campaign. He is talented but what mostly count are the hard work and the performances. There’s plenty of time as no team hasn’t settled well and many errors are affecting in the game which means that the player isn’t alone in this. Everything will go in the place, it’s just early August and United are looking forward to a long season ahead where everyone in the team will be needed, meaning that the player will have his minutes, but nothing will go in an easy way as the Premier League is a strong league and at times doing your best may not be enough.


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