Ex-goalkeeper fears that Chelsea may have repeated Leeds United’s Eric Cantona mistake

Former Aston Villa custodian Mark Bosnich is fearful that Chelsea may have made a huge aberration in allowing Nemanja Matic to join rivals Manchester United.

Chelsea have allowed Nemanja Matic to join Manchester United recently and although the Blues have received a hefty £40million from the sale of the Serbian international, many believe that the reigning Premier League champions may have put their defence of the title under threat by selling a key player to direct rivals.

The signing of Matic certainly strengthens United in a problem area they have been struggling for years now and it would be fair to state that Jose Mourinho’s men look like genuine contenders to win the Premier League title during the upcoming campaign.

Former Australian international goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, who played for both Manchester United and Chelsea, has now aired his concerns regarding Matic’s transfer to Old Trafford.

Bosnich claimed that Chelsea have taken a huge risk by allowing Matic to join United and is fearful that the Blues may have repeated the mistake Leeds United made in 1992 by allowing the legendary Eric Cantona to join the Red Devils, which saw the English giants enjoy years of dominance of English football spearheaded by the Frenchman.

The Australian told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, “I wouldn’t say it’s crazy but it’s a risk and we have seen that. It can go all the way back to Eric Cantona being sold by Leeds to Manchester United, which completely swung them around way back when the Premier League started.

“I always think the club that’s selling has the inside track in terms of fitness and things like that. The bottom line remains if the player does want to leave, if he wants to reunite with Jose Mourinho, there’s no use keeping a player in the dressing room that is unhappy.

“You get the best possible price for him and wish him all the best. He was outstanding in his time at Chelsea and, obviously, Chelsea will have a replacement in mind to bring in.”

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