José Mourinho claims he always preferred Nemanja Matic to Eric Dier

• Dier told Mauricio Pochettino that United manager was an admirer of his
• Matic and Dier set to face each other as Manchester United host Tottenham

José Mourinho has stated he always wanted Nemanja Matic ahead of Eric Dier, despite the Tottenham Hotspur player apparently telling Mauricio Pochettino that Manchester United’s manager was an admirer of his.

Mourinho signed Matic from Chelsea in the summer for about £40m having also had an interest in Dier. The players are set to face one another in Saturday’s early kick-off at Old Trafford.

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