When Chelsea let Nemanja Matic go in the summer to Manchester United there were a lot of eyebrows raised and questions asked of the board and Antonio Conte.
That didn’t help when United got off to a decent start to the season, and a big factor of that was the 29-year-old and the way that he would protect the defence.
Under Jose Mourinho he looked back to the midfielder that Chelsea fans always remembered him as being when he helped guide the club to the Premier League title.
However, during his time at the Blues, the inconsistency in his game certainly started to creep in and that is something that United fans are starting to see at the moment.
For his last few seasons at Chelsea, it was a common trend to see the Serbian start well and then drop in form massively as the rest of the campaign went on.
Ray Wilkins said towards the end of the 2015/16 season: “Hazard hasn’t performed at all this season – and the surprising one is Matic.
“A lot of people have spoken about Hazard because he’s the forward player, the more industrious player But Matic, last year, was absolutely outstanding.”
It was a similar situation towards the end of the title-winning campaign as Matic’s game time reduced under Antonio Conte as Cesc Fabregas was used more and more to see the Blues over the line.
At the beginning of the campaign Mourinho was full of praise for his new signing, and with the team doing so well there was outrage from Chelsea supporters that he had been let go.
Mourinho at the beginning of the season said: “In this moment, Matic and Fellaini are in the best form that I have ever seen them. I never saw Matic playing so well. I never saw Fellaini playing so well.”
However, his poor display against Spurs last night was another example of the player’s inconsistency and ability to be overrun during matches.
His performance against Spurs was summed up by Samuel Luckhurst from the Manchester Evening News who described his Tottenham showing as: “Undroppable for the wrong reasons. Matic has been out of form for weeks and he was swamped by Spurs’s dynamism at Wembley. Cumbersome and careless.”
However, it’s hard for Chelsea fans to gloat in this current situation, as the Blues’ replacement in Tiemoue Bakayoko has hardly filled the boots of the Serbian at Stamford Bridge.
There was a lot of hope from the youngster from Monaco, with his battling style impressing in the Champions League and Ligue One with the French champions.
However, that potential is yet to be fulfilled, however there is time, while United fans are starting to see what Chelsea fans had warned them about all before.