Hell hath no fury like a man scorned. In professional football, every single player has elite mentality and that’s what separates them.
I’ve learned to never bet against anyone in this game, in particular those with a point to prove. Someone in that predicament right now is Nemanja Matic.
Now, the 31-year-old United star has a massive opportunity to prove Red Devils fans wrong, and his chance has come around due to injury.
The vast majority of the Old Trafford faithful already believe that Matic is off to link up with his old mate Jose Mourinho at Spurs in January, but remember the ball is still in United’s court. Plus, there’s six weeks of football to play beforehand. A lot can happen in that time.
Sure, Scott McTominay has overtaken Matic in the pecking order, though with the 22-year-old sidelined with injury and the Serb returning from the treatment table, he’s a shoe-in to start this weekend.
Matic will be looking to impress someone – although the identity of that person (or club) remains unknown. Does Matic want to convince Solskjaer he’s worthy of a Reds stay? Does he actually want to show Mourinho he still has what it takes to play at the highest level? I guess we’ll find out.
He’s never relied on pace, rather Matic has an excellent footballing brain that allows him to coast through games. His ability to break up and disturb the play is immense, while the experience a fully-fledged international brings to the table is invaluable.
The fans will always support the team and they’ll no doubt be hoping a top-quality performance from Matic will lead to three points. At the end of the day, they’re in a win-win situation. Matic plays well, United win and his value goes up. I guess the only way this doesn’t work is if the Serb picks up yet another injury.
For now, we need to get behind the Serb rather than getting on his back. He needs our support and I’m fully backing him to shine through and send out a real message.