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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Premier League: Manchester United 4-0 Norwich City - 11th January 2020

He's been fairly decent since returning to the team.
 

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Yeah I would go along with that, I think he’s actually played pretty well and brought a bit of calm to our midfield. Obviously does still need to be replaced but is doing a good job right now and by heck if we didn’t have him we would be up the creek!
 

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Agree with the above comments - pleasantly surprised. I think what is also helping is he has a Fred that is playing with confidence beside him.
 

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Always felt last season he was over played he looked dead on his feet at times never got any rotation.

There’s a role in the squad for him but I think he wants to play every week but he’s played well since he came back but his days as a top midfielder are over he can’t really press the ball anymore and that’s a problem because his ability on the ball is only ok.

Injuries mean he probably stays until the summer but I think he should move on in the summer if it wasn’t for injuries I think he’d have gone this month.
 

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League Cup: Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United - 29th January 2020

 

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There's talk of a new contract current deal expires in the summer and there's no option for an extra year according to what I read

Do you think he should get one?

If he's happy to be a squad player I'd give him a new 2 year deal
 

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I think I would. Just because his experience is so important.
 

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Yeah I think he should get a new deal, he has been impressive since he came back into the side and I think for his experience he should get a new deal. I must be honest last year I thought we should get rid but like I said he has impressed me alongside Fred so think he’s worthy of a 2 year deal.
 

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The last few games have proved he deserves a new contract, he brings a calmness and composure on the ball which the younger players can learn from. He could maybe even teach Fred how to shoot.
 

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As you all say above he certainly has impressed since his return. If he is happy to be a squad / rotational player he is certainly worth keeping with a new contract
 

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Apparently he’s got a 1 year extension in his deal just seems strange the club haven’t announced that yet as surely they need to activate it before he agrees anything with another club? Might be that both parties need to agree it or can only be enforced if x number of games are played.

Makes me think bit like Herrera that he’s off and it’s just being kept quiet as long as possible.
 

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