Matic pleased to end 'strange' pre-season on winning note

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Jose Mourinho's new signing is settling in at Manchester United and believes he can play a part in the UEFA Super Cup next week

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is relieved to have put a "strange" off-season behind him by debuting for his new side in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Sampdoria.

Matic started and completed 45 minutes as goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata secured victory in the friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

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Having only confirmed his switch from Premier League champions Chelsea on Monday, the Serbia international admitted it was tough to adapt to a new team near the end of pre-season.

"I trained alone in London and it was strange for me but I tried to give my best to control the game well and to give balance," Matic told MUTV .

"I think for the first game it was good for me.

"Step-by-step I think I will be better and better and I hope I will help the team to achieve something this season."

Matic's composed debut will have enhanced his chances of appearing in a competitive match for the first time in Tuesday's UEFA Super Cup encounter with Real Madrid.

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Despite his limited preparation, United's newest signing is confident of being fit to play against the reigning Champions League winners.

"I am sure I will be 100 per cent ready and we can do something good with this club," he said.

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