Like most of the Squad last season, Nemanja Matic struggled towards the end, and while many fans were right to criticize his performances, many supporters didn’t take into account that this was a player who was overused by Jose Mourinho last season, and a player who was coming off of two seasons without an adequate summer break or a full preseason under his belt.
Early on when he was signed and during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first few months, Matic offered what no Player in the Squad offers which is shielding the back four and moving the ball forward with good distributions, and also giving Paul Pogba the Opportunity to go forward.
The First half against Chelsea on Sunday highlighted that Matic is still needed, Scott McTominay might be more mobile but he isn’t a Matic and he is still far from Shielding that back Four, Chelsea had alot of space behind McTominay and Pogba which is something that wouldn’t happen with Matic because he is that good at covering spaces between the lines.
Nemanja Matic might be a slow Player but he has never really needed his Pace because he is that intelligent and a good reader of the game.
Sunday could have been a different story had Chelsea took their chances and this showed why Matic is still needed, coming from a much needed break and Pre-season he should be given a chance most especially in the big games because Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba isn’t enough.