New Manchester United signing Nemanja Matic enjoyed a winning debut as the Premier League club wrapped up pre-season preparations with a 2-1 victory over Sampdoria in Dublin on Wednesday.
Midfielder Juan Mata scored a late winner to ensure United will enter next Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash against Real Madrid on a winning note, after Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s header had been cancelled out by Dennis Praet.
Matic, who completed a £40million move from Chelsea on Monday, started at the base of midfield and looked comfortable throughout his 45 minutes.
The Serbian’s composure helped the Europa League winners maintain control throughout the opening period, but a series of half-time changes stifled their momentum.
Belgian midfielder Praet equalised for the Serie A side just after the hour, leaving Mata to assume the role of match-winner for Jose Mourinho’s side inside the final 10 minutes.