Nemanja Matic came out after United’s loss to Wolves and spoke about the team’s desire to get back to winning ways.
United have now lost two games in a row, and Matic has started in both.
The Serbian needs to pick his game, like he did initially under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
When Jose Mourinho was fired, we predicted Matic would be one of the first players to lose his place.
Solskjaer kept faith with Matic, and he was rewarded with a series of terrific performances from the midfielder.
For two months Matic was excellent. He became a must start and was a key part of Solskjaer’s success.
Then an untimely injury ahead of the Liverpool game forced him out of the side.
After Fred, Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay amazed us all in Paris, getting Matic back was an added bonus.
Matic though has been poor upon his return, like the player who underwhelmed during the first half of the season.
United have lost successive away games to Arsenal and Wolves as a result. Matic isn’t solely to blame, that would be very unfair, but he was not a positive to the team either, as he had previously been.
The last two games have shown he is at risk of undoing his good work under Solskjaer so far.
United have other options, and Matic needs to justify his starting spot. It is no longer easy to leave out Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira.
It’s not just this season. Matic is 29, and midfield is going to be an area in which United strengthen this summer.
Matic said this week to the club website: “I am sure the manager will turn this situation around and we will do better. I want Ole to stay. He is a great manager, very positive.”
United will turn it around. The question is whether Matic gets back to playing a big part or not and justifying the £40 million the club spent to sign him.
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