Nemanja Matic reveals Premier League title failure will fall on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must claim sole responsibility if the Red Devils fail to charge for the Premier League title.
The Serb joined the Manchester outfit in 2017 from Chelsea. He kicked off his Manchester United career in an impressive manner but has failed to get regular game time under Solskjaer. The midfielder has spent just 22 minutes on the pitch, which came only against Southampton while coming off the bench. He was an unused substitute against Chelsea, Wolves, and Crystal Palace.
United, who lastly won the title in 2013, have struggled to compete for the league title again. They finished second under Jose Mourinho during the 2017/18, but Manchester City ran away with the title. As for this season, the squad does not look good enough to even finish in the top four. They are eight in the league table and are already trailing the league leaders Liverpool by seven points.
“The coach must opt for the team that will fight for the title and if he does not win, he bears the responsibility”
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 5, 2019
“The coach must opt for the team that will fight for the title and if he does not win, he bears the responsibility,” Matic told Sky Sports.
“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.”
Solskjaer has preferred the 22-year-old Scott McTominay to him in the opening stage of the Premier League. The Scottish has partnered Paul Pogba in the midfield department this season.
“In the first two or three games he picked the team without me,” Matic added. “I work as hard as I can. We respect the decision, it’s up to me to show him that he was wrong and to bring me back to where I belong.
“There is no problem. I told him I disagreed with him but that he had to decide the team.”
Since signing for the club, he has gone on to make 88 appearances, scoring on three occasions. He is yet to taste success in the red part of Manchester and could be open to a transfer should the situation not change soon.
As soon as the international break culminates, Red Devils will be playing Leicester City in Old Trafford on September 15.