Solskjaer responsible if Man United do not compete for title – Matic
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to take responsibility if the club is not competing for the Premier League title this season.
Serbian Matic, a member of United’s midfield since moving to Chelsea in 2017, has played only 22 minutes this season after making an appearance as a substitute.
United, who won the league title for the last time in 2013, is currently eighth in the table after four games and the Liverpool Liverpool league leader by seven points.
“The coach must opt for the team that will fight for the title and if he doesn’t win, he assumes the responsibility,” Matic told reporters before Serbia’s qualifying match against Portugal on Saturday.
“I have been in football for a long time, I have played almost every game for all clubs in the last 10 years. In order to play, one had to sit on the bench and accept that fact, and I do it now too. ”
Solskjaer chose Scott McTominay, 22, to partner with Paul Pogba in the center of the field in his first four games, of which they have one win, one loss and two draws.
Matic said he respected the decision, but was determined to prove to the Norwegian manager that he belonged to the initial training.
“In the first two or three games he chose the team without me,” added Matic, 31.
“I work as hard as I can. We respect the decision, it’s up to me to show you that I was wrong and take me back to where I belong.
“There is no problem. I told him that I did not agree with him, but that I had to decide the team.”
United returns to league action after the international break when they receive the undefeated Leicester City on September 14.