Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he was surprised when he received a call from Nemanja Matic’s agent offering him the chance to buy the player during the summer transfer window.

Nemanja Matic has been one of United’s standout players since joining from Chelsea for £40m in July. The midfielder has played every minute in the Premier League this season.

The move raised many eyebrows at the time and it seems none more so than with Jose himself.

I was surprised when [Matic’s] agent called me to say ‘do you want him?’ ” Mourinho said

“I was surprised, but he’s an agent I know well. Normally he’s very direct and objective, he doesn’t waste time, he doesn’t try to get people to be interested in his players to improve their situation at their club.

“Normally he’s very straightforward, so when he told me ‘you can have him if you want’, of course I want.”

Matic has enjoyed an excellent start to his United career, becoming a mainstay of the midfield immediately and impressing in a number of high-profile games.

Chelsea’s midfield, meanwhile, has encountered a few problems recently, with Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko struggling to fill in for the injured N’Golo Kante.

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