Nemanja Matic admits he had extra determination to help Manchester United beat Chelsea.
Matic won two titles with Chelsea in 2015 and 2017 but asked to leave last summer to join Manchester United in a £40million deal.
The Serbia international was unsettled at Stamford Bridge for more than a year and was aware Tiemoue Bakayoko was being lined up as his long-term replacement.
When asked if he was more motivated because it was against Chelsea, he told Standard Sport: “Of course. I played for Chelsea for three-and-a-half years [after rejoining them in 2014] and I gave my best to win against them and show my quality again.
“I didn’t have anything to prove to them. I wanted to show my new club that I deserve to wear this Manchester United shirt.
“I don’t want to speak about why I left Chelsea. I will keep that to myself. I’m happy in Manchester and that’s it. Moving to United was good for me. I play for a big club.
“This was a big win and I hope the team will continue like this because every game in this League is a war.”
The midfielder did appear to suggest, though, that he wants Chelsea to beat Tottenham to fourth spot in the table.
When pressed if he hopes his old club overtake Spurs, he added: “I wish Chelsea all the best. I can only say that.