The United star is never going to set the world on fire but he is reliable and consistent in the middle of the park – his strength, composure, and ability to read the game are three of his most admirable qualities.
Now 29 years old, it was a case of now or never for both Matic and United. Mourinho knows that he probably has two or three more years at this level before the inevitable decline and that gives the Portuguese time to build a title-winning squad.
With Matic playing alongside Ander Herrera, £89 million man Paul Pogba will have the freedom to roam and wreak havoc in a more advanced role.
Close friend Romelu Lukaku will lead the line and Pogba can flourish playing further forward. United should benefit directly from his impact and influence in attacking areas.
To win the Premier League crown, you need to be brave. Matic is one of the bravest players you will see on a football pitch. The Serbian will put his body on the line for Mourinho and that bond should give United an advantage in tight-knit fixtures.
Above anything else, the Red Devils boss trusts Matic to remain disciplined and his ability to break up attacks will be particularly useful against England’s top sides.
He might not be the most successful ‘Nemanja’ to play for Manchester United but Matic can be just as influential in his own way. Chelsea have gifted Mourinho the final piece in his title-winning jigsaw and United will be very difficult to beat this season.
Watch this space, Matic will provide stability and assurance to the defence and his presence will allow United’s more creative midfielders to venture forward – a 21st English title could be on the cards at the end of the 2017/178 campaign.