sport news Nemanja Matic can let Paul Pogba off leash - Denis Irwin

new boy Nemanja Matic can unleash Paul Pogba.

That is the view of former United defender Denis Irwin - who also thinks fellow new arrival Romelu Lukaku will fire more than 20 goals for the club.

'Matic is a player United have needed for quite a while,' the Irishman said. 'Michael Carrick has done a fantastic job there but he is not getting any younger and we’ve needed midfielders.

this week signed Nemanja Matic from Chelsea in a deal worth £40million

Denis Irwin believes the midfielder can help let team-mate Paul Pogba 'off the leash a little'

Denis Irwin believes the midfielder can help let team-mate Paul Pogba 'off the leash a little'

The United legend has also backed No 9 Romelu Lukaku to score at least 20 goals a season

The United legend has also backed No 9 Romelu Lukaku to score at least 20 goals a season

'He's also a signing designed to let Pogba off the leash a little bit so, although every club starts the season optimistic, having seen United in pre-season out in USA and just judging by the general feeling in and around the camp, I think it’s a very positive environment at the moment.'

Lukaku, a £75m arrival from Everton, shone in the US and Irwin believes he will be key as Jose

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