Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has slammed the club’s decision to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United as the ‘worst’ transfer business he has ever seen.
The Blues got rid of the 29-year-old to their Premier League rivals during the summer and the Serbian has already had a positive effect with the Red Devils comfortably winning their opening three games.
Chelsea did bring in Tiemoue Bakayoko to fill the gap of Matic, but eyebrows were raised when the league winner was allowed to leave to join a rival.
And Wilkins is one of those that just cannot understand why Matic would have been sold to Manchester United.
“How on earth have Manchester United managed to poach Nemanja Matic from Chelsea at £40m?” he told Sky Sports News.
“Chelsea have given Jose an unbelievable lift up – I really can’t see why that piece of business went through.
“It’s the worst [piece of transfer business] I’ve ever seen.
“You’ve got a guy who was paramount to winning the Championship the year before and all of a sudden you’ve sold him to one of – or the biggest – rival we have.
“And I say we because I’m a Chelsea supporter so I’m speaking from the heart.
“I just couldn’t see for the life of me why we would let Nemanja go there – he’s been outstanding for us and you’ve seen in the short period he’s been there how he’s allowed Pogba to basically do what he wants.
“I just couldn’t see that piece of business at all.
“United look now like they have a squad of players that are going to take some beating.”