Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had issues with Nemanja Matic earlier in the season, reports claim. However, the Serbia international has upped his game to emerge as a vital player for the Norwegian, helping the club keep 14 clean sheets from his last 20 appearances.
Many expected Matic to leave Manchester United in January at a time where the midfielder was struggling to win Solskjaer round.
However, the Serbia international has rediscovered his best form under the Norwegian to become one of the first names on his manager’s team sheet.
And the Times say that, earlier in the season, Matic and Solskjaer had issues in their relationship.
“You could see there was an issue between them,” one staff member told the publication.
However, it’s said the duo ‘cleared the air’ and their relationship has improved to the point where Matic is now a regular.
The Serbia international is now resembling the player he was at Chelsea, where he won two Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte respectively.
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But, despite that, United are still planning to sign another midfielder come the summer transfer window.
Paul Pogba is widely expected to leave the club, with Juventus and Real Madrid both keen on snapping up the France international.
And United have interest in Jude Bellingham, who has impressed for Birmingham in the Championship this season.
Recent reports claim Ed Woodward is convinced he’ll beat Borussia Dortmund to sign the signing of the 16-year-old.
And United are ready to throw him straight into the first team in order to banish fears on the player’s behalf that he’ll have to settle for a role in the youth side instead.
What that means for Matic remains to be seen.
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But the Red Devils have extended the veteran’s contract, meaning he’ll be hanging around until 2021 at the earliest.
Meanwhile, speaking recently, the Serbian lauded Solskjaer for the faith shown in him.
“Of course, every day he is improving for sure,” he said.
“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.”
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Matic also expressed a belief that United had what it takes to finish in the Premier League top four ahead of the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Wolves and Sheffield United.
“I think we have enough quality to finish in the top four,” he added.
“We just need to continue to play like we’ve played the last five or six games.
“Even the games where we didn’t play well we won and we have to keep that going because you don’t need to always play great to win.
“I’m confident and I think the guys are also confident that we can finish in the top four.”
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