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Matic beef: Is midfielder right to place Man Utd blame on Solskjaer?

Matic may have soiled his chances of returning to the starting eleven after making these comments about manager...

Nemanja Matic is unhappy with not being in the first team at Man Utd, as Solskjaer is the first manager to drop the Serbian from the starting eleven…

He has gone on to make a bold statement regarding the future of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd.

One thing Man Utd fans are happy about is the discarding of players deemed as ‘deadwood’, including Sanchez, Lukaku, Fellaini, Darmian and Smalling. As well as players like Young, Jones, Rojo and Matic himself being dropped from the starting eleven.

Perhaps Matic is unaware of the frustration he causes the fans with his performances. In pre-season, it was evident that the Serbian could not cope with Solskjaer’s system.

He regularly loses possession, slows down attacks and opts for the easy pass as opposed to a positive and progressive pass. Matic’s one appearance this season came in the latter stages of the 1-1 draw away to Southampton. A poor managerial decision as both substitutes, Matic and Lingard, made no impact whatsoever.

Matic has said, “The coach must opt for the team that will fight for the title, and if he does not win, he bears the responsibility“. And here is why he is wrong to make this statement…

What did Matic do wrong?

By assuming that Solskjaer should be aiming to win the title, is demonstrates either delusion or misinformation. Man Utd should be well-aware that this side will struggle to make top 4, let alone a league title.

It appears that the Serbian is undermining the managerial decisions which will cause friction in the dressing room. Should Ole succumb to Matic’s needs, the hierarchy of the club would become skewed.

Are there any positive outcomes to this?

Man Utd fans on social media have been begging for the return of Fred. As he can’t be any worse than the current set up, right?

With Matic undermining the manager, Fred may have a chance to overtake him in the game-time priorities, giving the Reds a quick, creative Brazilian who is a brilliant midfielder when in form.

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