Manchester United’s Super Cup hopes were shattered by an excellent Real Madrid side in Skopje, Macedonia on Tuesday night. On the whole, Los Blancos always looked one step ahead, but credit to Jose Mourinho’s men for making a real game out of it.
Perhaps the best player in Red Devils colours was Nemanja Matic, which certainly bodes well given the fact that he’s had no pre-season under his belt.
The Serbia international was absolutely everywhere, throwing his weight around and winning tackles all over the pitch. On top of that, his forward passing was exquisite as he got United moving in the right direction against.
As previously mentioned, with more minutes, he’ll only get better. I just cannot understand why Chelsea would let him leave, particularly to a direct title rival this season, and I’m so glad that we’ve snapped him up.
This is a man who just makes our whole team much more balanced, and already, he’s proving his worth. He simply has to start in our weekend game against West Ham United, and hopefully, he can put in a similar level of performance.
Twitter was awash with praise for the 29-year-old midfielder, and he more than deserves all the plaudits coming his way. Check out some of the best tweets below:
Matic very impressive tonight. Nice touch, good delivery. He'll be much more than a destroyer this season
— James Robson (@JamesRobsonMEN) August 8, 2017
United aren't the finished article yet, but they didn't disgrace themselves against Madrid. Work to be done, but Matic was class.
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) August 8, 2017
Matic proving me wrong tonight, absolutely brilliant. Actually contributing in our attack as well. Game on now…
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) August 8, 2017
Overall, a decent display by Utd. Better team second half but the same problems still apparent with dreadful finishing. Matic looks a boss.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) August 8, 2017
Matić has been excellent against a team far better than any team he'll play in the league. Signing of our summer imo.
— Lisa (@Mourinholxgy) August 8, 2017
Funny enough matic was pretty decent. Useful deadwood
— kenna (@kennagq) August 8, 2017
Plus side, Matic was quality & Lindelof and Smalling had a decent game. Rashford did well but should've scored.& same with Lukaku
— All For United (@allforunited) August 8, 2017