Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has spoken about his ambitions to get into coaching when he retires.

He told the club’s official website that he spent the weeks between the end of 2020/21 and the start of pre-season working on his UEFA B Licence.

Matic says he’s already decided that he wants to be a coach when his playing days come to an end.

Manchester United Pre-Season Training Session
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“I thought it was going to be much easier, but it was hard. Every day, five or six hours, we had a course. When we play, sometimes you think that you know everything about football,” he said.

“But to be a coach is totally different; a different job than a football player. I really enjoy it. I’ve decided, after football, to be a coach, so I’ve finished my first step, which is my B licence.

“I’m looking forward to my A licence next year. I want to finish that while I still play football. Then the Pro Licence, you need to finish your career. My plan is to play football as much as I can, but I need to prepare my future.

 

“I decided to be a coach, so we will see if I have the quality for that. I always try to see what the coaches are doing during the games, training, to see and take the best from them.”

Manchester United Training Session
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Could Matic start coaching at United?

Perhaps Matic could see out the rest of his career at United and then start his coaching pathway at Old Trafford.

Juan Mata is another senior player who could well be a fantastic coach one day.

Perhaps his summer contract extension is with one eye on keeping him around so he’ll be a coach at United one day.

Matic might be similar. He’s a model professional and clearly very driven and dedicated to his coaching.

United have brought through former midfielders Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick to prominent roles in recent years. There’s no reason why Matic – and Mata – couldn’t do the same once they hang up their boots.

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