Premier League: Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic vows to give his best for team after receiving season's first start

Matic lost his spot to academy graduate Scott McTominay at the heart of United’s midfield but made his first start in five matches replacing the injured Paul Pogba in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Leicester City.

Reuters September 16, 2019 16:51:31 IST
Premier League: Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic vows to give his best for team after receiving season's first start
  • Matic made his first Manchester United start this season replacing the injured Paul Pogba in their 1-0 victory over Leicester City.

  • The Serbian international said young players had deserved their chances under Solskjaer.

  • Matic vowed to give his best for Manchester United and expressed his disappointment on frequently starting from the bench.

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is frustrated by his limited playing opportunities at the start of the Premier League campaign but will continue to fight for his place in the team.

The 31-year-old Serb lost his spot to academy graduate Scott McTominay at the heart of United’s midfield but made his first start in five matches replacing the injured Paul Pogba in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Leicester City.

Premier League Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic vows to give his best for team after receiving seasons first start

Nemanja Matic made his first Premier League start for Manchester United this season in their 1-0 win over Leicester City. AP

Asked if being dropped by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had left him frustrated, Matic told reporters: “Of course... I want to play, I always give my best for the team.

“The coach is the man who picks the team and when you’re on the bench you’re not happy, but I’m trying to convince him to change his mind and pick me to play.

“The season is long. As you saw I played (against Leicester) and we won. I’m happy so we’ll see in the future what the coach will decide.”

Matic, a fixture in United’s midfield since his move from Chelsea in 2017, said the club’s young players had deserved their chances under Solskjaer.

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