Following our disappointing 4-0 defeat away to Everton, Nemanja Matic spoke honestly with beIN Sports about the responsibility he feels he should take for the result.
The Serbian was particularly poor today, completing just 79% of his passes, winning just one tackle and losing all of his aerial duals. He also failed to close down Gylfi Sigurdsson as his long range effort put the home team two goals ahead.
Everton ran 8km more than our players over the 90 minutes and Matic acknowledged that this was unacceptable.
Fans would have happily used Unibet promo code 2019 to bet on United finishing in the top four a few weeks ago, but our hopes are rapidly declining, and Matic is holding his hands up.
That was one of the worst games, for me personally, and also for the team. I think we deserved it. We didn’t play how we wanted to play. It’s hard for me to speak about. I don’t think it’s the fault of the young players. I think the most responsibility is on me, because I am one of the most experienced players and if someone is to blame, then it is me. When you win the midfield battle it’s easier to play, and we didn’t do that today.
I think it’s a shame for every one of us. We have to look in the mirror to see when we made mistakes and things we need to do better. But as I said, the most guilty is the more experienced player, and in this case, that’s me.
It’s difficult to answer on what is going wrong. But definitely our approach to the game was not good, everyone needs to take responsibility during the game, with or without the ball, we had to run more, then our quality would show. Without running and without fighting, this is the result.
When Matic first joined the club he looked like the missing piece of the jigsaw. But as time has gone on, he’s looked slower and less mobile with every passing month.
United will need to buy a couple of midfielders this summer and there wouldn’t be many supporters who would be disappointed to see Matic one of the players to leave when the transfer window opens. He looked to be the answer to all our problems when he first joined but now, with him approaching his 31st birthday in the summer, it’s clear that he should be surplus to requirements.