Nemanja Matic | Match Discussion thread 2019/20

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Premier League: Manchester United 1-0 Leicester City - 14th September 2019

He looks done.
 

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Do we think he’s rusty from lack of games or is it really game over for him?

He’s part of the midweek B team this season I think
 

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Desperate times when Matic is coming in. His legs have gone and we knew that last year.
 

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It has to be a first choice midfield of McT, Fred and Pogba going forward. We all know Matic was done last year and there were signs the previous year to. Doubt he will be here next year, his only plus point right now is his experience.
 

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His contract is up next summer but Utd have a 1 year option which they’ll no doubt activate but should they bother?

He’s going to be on £7-8m a year salary and at 32 realistically you aren’t going to get much more than that for him.

Maybe he can join the rest of the bomb squad at Inter next season we’re a few rumours that they fancied him and Conte wanted to work with him again.

His legs have clearly gone and in the PL that’s a big problem for a centre mid now unless you have insanely high technique levels which Matic doesn’t.
 

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No for me they shouldn't activate the extension. He does not represent what I believe we are looking for. They should cut there losses at the end of his contract as they should have done with phil Jones
 

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No for me they shouldn't activate the extension. He does not represent what I believe we are looking for. They should cut there losses at the end of his contract as they should have done with phil Jones
add Mata to that list as well lovely guy but should have been allowed to leave on a free.

You have to assume when everyone is fit Matic will be limited to Europa League and Cup games this season but at the moment he is first change in midfield which isn't ideal.
 

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I do think if they'd got Herrera to sign a new contract they'd have sold Matic but being short on numbers already and no one coming in hands were tied I guess.

I thought last season Matic looked off because he'd not done a proper pre season due to injury and was over used he played nearly every game but it does feel like it's now a case of his legs going.
 

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Europa League: AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Manchester United - 3rd October 2019

He really is done.
 

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We had a 6 month honeymoon with him but it's been over for a long time.

If you believe the stories we backed off Fabinho to take Matic because Mourinho was concerned that Fabinho wasn't a specialist centre mid and lacked experience so he wanted to go with experience.

His legs are gone which means he can't press, he can't move quickly out of trouble, he can't cover space when he needs to close someone down and when he has the ball and his passing which has always been conservative really offers you nothing in midfield.
 

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