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06 Dec 2018 09:01:09
Can anyone tell me what does matic bring to the team to be starting every game? He doesn't close down fast enough, doesn't stick with runners and generally slows the play down! Joses signing so he plays him.

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06 Dec 2018 10:03:06
Rogie, I understand where you are coming from. He seems static and slows down play. He is not the same Matic who started last season in terms of performance. However when he plays he seems to bring some assurance to the midfield which allows other MFs to move forward. He doesn't do it very well this season but who do we have that can play that role better? Fellaini, McTom and Pogba cannot, and that is the role that allows Hererra to run around or man mark when needed. As things stand i do not count Fred as one of our MFs because i am simply disappointed by him and hope he improves.

06 Dec 2018 10:08:06
Agree with mbd, he brings some assurance. when he's in possession he shields the ball well and doesn't often give it away, but sometimes he holds onto it too long. He's another that slows down our play too much. Matic and Pogba together are too slow for the style of play we want to see.

06 Dec 2018 10:37:11
Maybe Fred just needs a few games?

06 Dec 2018 10:38:58
Because he is probably one of the only players in the squad that mourinho can trust and is amicable with.

Even if he's playing badly, jose knows its because he's actually a bad player and not actively looking to get him sacked. So he can take some solace in that i guess, would probably do the same if i was in his position.

06 Dec 2018 12:31:45
I do think Matic at his best has a Carrick like way of playing. What I mean by that is being quietly efficient, snuffing out danger, interceptions etc and almost makes the players around him better by there.

BUT he's been awful the last few months and would go as far to say he wasn't great at Chelsea in his last season and like a lot of Utd signings he starts well and is now average at best.

06 Dec 2018 12:08:55
We started the season with periera doing a small role and it gave us a extra edge when we play teams like palace, young boys, Southampton, moving the ball faster n creating more openings. In my eyes matic is done slows possession down and let's the smaller teams set up as a unit! There may be games where a formation will suit him but Jose’s usual boring formation he’s killing r counter attacks.

06 Dec 2018 15:28:39
At his best he is an excellent shield in front of the defence, one who keeps possession well without really creating much.

However, bar the first 3-4 months at our club he hasn't been at his best. He always struggles the longer the season goes on. This lack of stamina is further exasperated in the seasons following an international tournament where he has had reduced recovery over the summer. He is also getting older, which will make it harder and harder to remain at peak fitness probably shortening the amount of time he will be at his best during a season.

I think we need a more mobile, energetic midfield which doesn't feature Matic. It's a shame as he will probably be remembered as a flop, which is harsh on a player who has been as good as he has during his career.

06 Dec 2018 16:28:52
Did no-one notice him getting caught in possession, dallying on the ball last night? And not just last night. Problem is, he doesn't have the pace to recover when this happens, and ends up losing the ball in a dangerous position, or giving away a silly free kick because he's had to haul his opponent back.

06 Dec 2018 19:02:51
Utd Road, Matic may be like Carrick in the sense that he makes a lot of good defensive plays that go unnoticed, but he has never been the passer that Carrick was. Matic is a real hindrance for us going forward, far too slow.

06 Dec 2018 20:21:09
I would respectfully venture that Matic is overrated, whilst Carrick was underrated.

07 Dec 2018 01:39:36
Matic has been extremely poor for a couple of months but he certainly isn’t the only one. I think we looked better when he was suspended.



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