Nemanja Matic denies rift with Man United boss
Nemanja Matic denies rift with Man United boss
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Nemanja Matic denies rift with Man United boss

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic said he has no problem with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Serbian midfielder has struggled for game time this season under Solskjaer with the Norwegian preferring youngster Scot McTominay in his place in United’s first games of the season.

Speaking ahead of Serbia's Euro 2020 qualifier against Portugal on Saturday, Matic – who arrived from Chelsea in 2017 – told reporters: "In the first two or three games he determined the team without me.

"I work as hard as I can, we respect the decision, it is mine to show him that he was wrong and to bring me back to where I belong.

No Problem

"There is no problem. I told him I disagreed with him, but that he had to decide the team. 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."

An unused substitute in the opening three Premier League matches, Serbia international Matic played the final 22 minutes in United's 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Matic is preparing to make his first Serbia appearance since the country's 2-1 win over Montenegro in the UEFA Nationals League in November 2018.

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