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Name Nemanja Matic
Gender Male
Ethnic Serbian
Job Serbian Footballer
Desc Matic was virtually ever-present when Chelsea won the league under Mourinho in 2015 and again when they triumphed under Antonio Conte two years later. He joined Manchester United in the summer of 2017 and remains at Old Trafford today

Affiliation

Org Serbia National Team
Club as Player Manchester United
  Chelsea FC
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2017 07 31 Retrieve

[New Manchester United signing Nemanja Matic is eager to live up to the success enjoyed by compatriot Nemanja Vidic at Old Trafford] Vidic was a great player, he was one of the players I looked to be similar to because he had a great career. He was the leader of our national team and it’s great to be at the same club, like him. I’ll try to do my best to repeat what he did. I know it’s going to be hard but I don’t want him to tell me one day ‘what are you doing there?’.

[Matic admits he is proud to have been signed for a second time in his career by Jose Mourinho] I feel great. Manchester is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I’m very happy because I’m now part of this great club, this great group. My wish was to train with Jose and of course when you have a coach like him and a club like Manchester, you don’t need to think a lot. My decision was very easy. He’s a great coach. When I worked with him before, he always took the best from me and I improved a lot with him.

When the coach wants you to come to the club, it gives you more motivation, more possibility and I will for sure give my best to show that I deserve to be at this club and part of the group. It’s very important to come as soon as possible, to have time to adapt to the coach’s wishes and new team-mates and I’m happy I’ll have some days to train with them before the first big game, against Real Madrid. It will be a great game. It’s going to be interesting, I think all [of] the world will be watching. They are Champions League winners and it’s going to be a hard game but I’m sure we’ll be ready. I’m sure that this season we can do big things

2020 03 28 Retrieve

[Solskjaer’s first 12 months at Manchester United] Of course, every day he is improving for sure. He is getting more experience and he will get better and better. He is a much better manager than one year ago in my opinion because now he knows all the players, he knows exactly what he needs to do before the games, so I think for his job the experience is very important

2020 03 31 Retrieve

[Nemanja Matic backs Scott McTominay to become Manchester United legend] We are always talking, especially when he started to play in the first team, but now he’s a proper senior player he plays like he’s had 10 years in the first team. With him, we don’t have any problems. I think he will be a very important player for Manchester United in the next 10 years or more. He is the kind of player and person that you always want to have in the changing room. [He is] very professional, with a lot of quality in the legs. His mentality is what Manchester United needs to have, so I think that with any coach, in any club he will fit very well. I’m happy for him and United that they have a player like that in the team. He just needs to continue how he’s been working until now and I’m sure he will be one of the Manchester United legends one day

I remember when I was 20, 21, 22, I always looked to older players to see how they train and how they behave. I think it’s important and I hope I can help the youngsters in our changing room. Obviously, we have a lot of young players

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[Messi and Ronaldo debate verdict given by Man Utd star Nemanja Matic] If you ask my son, Ronaldo [is better than Messi]. They are different, they are different. Ronaldo, of course, he had talent but most of his success, he made because of his hard work. Messi is talented. I’m not saying that he didn’t work, for sure he worked, but they are different. For me it is hard to say who is the best. I think that over the last 15 years, they’re both the best. Some people may say Messi, some Ronaldo but for me they’ve been at the same level for 15 years. What they are doing is very hard, to keep that level for 15 years. It’s not easy to always be the best. I don’t know who is better from those two players, but I’m sure both of them are maybe the best players in football history

[Despite competing with McTominay for a first team spot, Matic feels the Scottish midfielder is on track to become a United legend] We are always talking, especially when he started to play in the first team, but now he’s a proper senior player he plays like he’s had 10 years in the first team. With him, we don’t have any problems. I think he will be a very important player for Manchester United in the next 10 years or more. He is the kind of player and person that you always want to have in the changing room. [He is] very professional, with a lot of quality in the legs. His mentality is what Manchester United needs to have, so I think that with any coach, in any club he will fit very well. I’m happy for him and United that they have a player like that in the team. He just needs to continue how he’s been working until now and I’m sure he will be one of the Manchester United legends one day

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[United team-mate Nemanja Matic is another big fan of Rashford] I think in the future, in the next two or three years, he will show what he can really achieve. Because he can do much, much more in my opinion. But he’s still young. We can’t expect him to play 40 games at the same level because he’s still young, still learning. He’s still developing his body, his mentality. So he can be one of the best strikers in the world, for sure

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Manchester United team-mate Nemanja Matic says Marcus Rashford can be one of the best attackers in the world] We have a lot of young players, but they have maybe not reached their top yet, but Marcus Rashford has the ability to be one of the best players in the world in his position. He’s still improving, but he has everything to reach that top level

[Fernandes has been involved in seven goals] Because I follow the Portuguese league, I knew he was good – even though he played for Sporting! But I’m very surprised he adapted so quickly to the Premier League. He brings us a lot of qualities, like the confidence he has on the pitch – he always knows what he wants to do with the ball

[Matic also added that he is confident United are heading in the right direction under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] Ole is a great manager. I think he has improved a lot since he came to United, and he is different now. I’m sure he has a great future here, and he will win us trophies

2020 05 08 Retrieve

[Matic: If you lose under Mourinho, you’re hiding from him at the training ground!] It depends. If you win, he’s the best guy ever. But if you lose, you’re hiding from him at the training ground. But he’s an amazing coach

Ole is a great manager. I think he has improved a lot since he came to United, and he is different now. I’m sure he has a great future here, and he will win us trophies

[Matic stressed there are no bad eggs among the club’s current players] There is not one guy who is not a good person in our changing room. I’m 31 now, and some of the players are 10 years younger than me. I speak more to players my own age, like Paul [Pogba], David [de Gea] and Juan [Mata], but I set next to Mason Greenwood in the dressing room, so we’ve got to know each other too

[on Bruno Fernandes] Because I follow the Portuguese league, I knew he was good – even though he played for Sporting! But I’m very surprised he adapted so quickly to the Premier League. He brings us a lot of qualities, like the confidence he has on the pitch, he always knows what he wants to do with the ball

2020 05 09 Retrieve

[Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic talks about his footballing journey] I wake up early. I never stay up late. Get up, train, eat, sleep. Even on holiday, by the end of the week I need to train. Football is my life; I take it very seriously. I’ve felt like a professional player since I was five years old. I don’t know how to be any differented have the strength in depth to compete for glory]</b> I think we can do many things. I’m sure we will try to win the Premier League and the Champions League, you never know what can happen in the Champions League. Manchester is one of the best teams, for sure. It’s difficult to make a plan before the season starts but we’ll try to win every game. This competition is something special. They are the best clubs in Europe. We’re happy to compare with them

2020 06 11 Retrieve

[They will return to the field when taking in a trip to Tottenham on June 19, with Nemanja Matic another of those who is eager to get going] I miss football and I miss the pressure before the game. It’s going to be strange, playing without supporters, but we have to adapt. At least we can compete with other teams and, hopefully, can start well

It’s easy. The new routine is to check our temperature every morning, wash our hands and keep our distance, as much as we can. But training is normal - we are now allowed contact training so it’s more or less the same. There are just a few different things before the training.

2020 06 25 Retrieve

[Matic hopes Martial can build Manchester United momentum after first hat-trick] I think it was very important for him to score goals, for every striker it’s important, for his confidence. I’m happy that our strikers are in good condition, tonight Anthony was man of the match, every chance he had went in. Let’s see in the future what he can do for us. But I’m happy for him. Congratulations to him

I think it’s always good play with top players. Not only them, we’re lucky we have top players in every position. So tonight I played with Bruno and Paul, I think we did well, it was good there, I’m sure in the future we can improve a lot together, and also with Scott [McTominay] and Fred, whoever plays with us; I’m happy with the team performance and the way we controlled the game. I think we had control during all 90 minutes, of course we knew they were going to have some dangerous counter-attacks because tactically they play well. We analysed them very well, we treated them with respect, I’m so happy with the team performance, 3-0 against a team who creates problems for every team in the Premier League.

2020 06 25b Retrieve

[Martial finally breaks Man Utd’s hat-trick duck] I think it was very important for him to score goals, for his confidence. Anthony was man of the match, every chance he had went in

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Man Utd midfielder Matic defends Novak Djokovic for hosting tennis tournament which spread coronavirus] People need to understand that the situation in Serbia was better than here. The country allowed everyone to do whatever they want, everything was open, the shopping centres and the restaurants. So, they started to live normal lives because our country was closed for three months completely. You were not allowed to walk on the street, you couldn’t leave your home, so it was different than [in England]. But when they opened, they said, ‘You are more than free to do whatever you want’. Before that tournament, there was a game with 20,000 people and nobody said anything about that. I just wanted to say that it is not his fault that he made the tournament. He just wanted to help the players play competitions. I don’t see that he [did] something wrong

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Nemanja Matic positive about his ‘soldier’ role in Man Utd’s squad] I always try to be professional and give my best when I am on the pitch, it doesn’t matter if it is training or a game. I’ve played football for a long time already and this situation is normal, sometimes you don’t play and the coach doesn’t see you as a first option. You can accept it or not but you have to be professional. You have to work hard, wait for your chance and use it. This is exactly what I did. Now the situation is different, the coach trusts me more. I’m a soldier and I wait for the instructions from my coaching team. To be honest, when you don’t play of course you think about everything but in my head, I always try to be positive. I always believe in my quality and I know if work hard my time is going to come again

I’ve followed him for a long time because I played in the Portuguese league at Benfica. I knew he would bring quality for us. He played for a big club with a lot of pressure to win, but I didn’t think he would adapt so quick. From the first minute in the Premier League he made the difference. I’m happy for him and happy we have him in the team. He’s playing in the position where he needs to make the difference. He has all the ability to be the leader on the pitch

Scott knows that I am always there for him if he needs some advice, he is still learning. I am happy with how he has progressed, he is improving. I’ve said already a few times that he will be a very important player for Manchester United in the future

2020 07 06 Retrieve

[Nemanja Matic: Manchester United midfielder signs new three-year contract] I am very happy that I will continue to be part of this great club. As a player, I still have a lot more to give and achieve in my career and to do that with Manchester United will be a huge honour. This is a really exciting team to be part of, we have a good balance of youth and experience within the squad and there is great comradery amongst the group. This is a key part of the season and we are playing well. We will continue to fight to finish the season on a high and make our amazing supporters proud

[Matic: I seized my chance] I always try to be professional and give my best when I am on the pitch, it doesn’t matter if it is training or a game. I’ve played football for a long time already and this situation is normal, sometimes you don’t play and the coach doesn’t see you as a first option. You can accept it or not but you have to be professional. You have to work hard, wait for your chance and use it. This is exactly what I did. Now the situation is different, the coach trusts me more. I’m a soldier and I wait for the instructions from my coaching team. To be honest, when you don’t play of course you think about everything but in my head I always try to be positive. I always believe in my quality and I know if work hard my time is going to come again.