Nemanja Matić has applied further pressure on his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, saying the Norwegian should be held responsible if Manchester United do not land the Premier League title this season.
The midfielder’s comments come as he joins up with the national team for this weekend’s Euro 2020 qualifiers where the Serbian will be looking to earn game time having only made one competitive appearance for United so far in the 2019/2020 campaign.
The former Chelsea man arrived at Old Trafford in 2017, where he was reunited with José Mourinho and started the vast majority of matches under the Portuguese manager. So far this season, his playing time has been restricted to a substitute appearance against Southampton, something which clearly irks the 31-year-old. As quoted by Sky Sports, Matić said: “I have been in football for a long time, I have played almost all the games for all the clubs in the last 10 years. In order for me to play, one had to sit on the bench and accept that fact, and so do I now. The coach must opt for the team that will fight for the title and if he does not win, he bears the responsibility.”
“In the first two or three games, he picked the team without me. I work as hard as I can. We respect the decision, it’s up to me to show him that he was wrong and to bring me back to where I belong. There is no problem [with Solskjær] I told him I disagreed with him but that he had to decide the team.”
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