sport news What's next for Nemanja Matic after his fall from grace at ?

sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
From Jose Mourinho's trusted lieutenant, to skipping the club's gala dinner, falling behind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's young guns and liking a post about a move to Spurs… what's next for Nemanja Matic after his fall from grace at ? Nemanja Matic has only played five times for this season He is struggling with a groin injury but is out of favour with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Matic snubbed United's UNICEF gala dinner on Monday night and left training after just 24 minutes on Wednesday The 31-year-old's contract expires next summer and he is set to leave

By Joe Ridge for MailOnline

Published: 11:11 GMT, 1 December 2019 | Updated: 11:11 GMT, 1 December 2019

View
comments

When embarked on a blistering run of form midway through last season which earned caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the permanent job, they did so with a midfield trio of Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.

The combination of energy, steel and flair had United looking like the title challengers they were supposed to have been under Jose Mourinho, even if only for a couple of months.

Less than a year on, and a rudderless midfield has once again become symbolic of United's post-Sir Alex Ferguson struggles. Herrera was allowed to leave on a free for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, Pogba is injured and Matic has become the forgotten man.

Nemanja Matic pictured leaving Manchester United training on Wednesday afternoon

Nemanja Matic pictured leaving training on Wednesday afternoon

Like Pogba, the Serbian has been struggling with injury, though there seems little urgency from either the player or the club to solve a mystery groin problem.

Instead, United have been struggling on with a midfield of Fred and Andreas Pereira, who were bullied by Sheffield United in last Sunday's 3-3 draw.

Watching that, United were crying out for Matic's giant presence and composure on the ball. He was very poor in September's abject defeat at West Ham - his last Premier League appearance - but so were the whole team.

Instead, the 31-year-old has been making headlines

read more from dailymail.....

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

PREV sport news Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz 2: Fight time date, time, how to watch, undercard ...
NEXT sport news Liverpool 'to battle with Spurs over Memphis Depay but Manchester United could ...