Manchester United fans were furious with Nemanja Matic’s performance vs AC Milan despite eventually winning the fixture through penalties.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have won all their pre-season matches in what can only be considered a successful tour.
United opened the scoring after a wonderful solo goal from Marcus Rashford but Milan soon dominated after equalising.
Matic looked off the pace entirely which is a concern in a pre-season match against opponents who were behind Solskjaer’s side in terms of fitness.
The Serbian midfielder’s lack of mobility has seen him exposed in the legendary Norwegian’s dynamic team and so supporters have called for him to be dropped.
MUTV "Matic is better than that" no he really isn't
— FIGHT4MUFC (@mufc4thefans) August 3, 2019
It’s crazy that we’re days away from the transfer window shutting and we’re still yet to replace Fellaini, Herrera & we’re putting up with Nemanja Matic who is quite clearly past it. He’s too slow at this level, he showed that last season and again today he’s showing it.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) August 3, 2019
Honestly don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say it matters very little who else we sign this week if Matic is still starting when all is said and done. Like playing with ten men at this point
— Nick (@ManUnitedYouth) August 3, 2019
Matic pushing for a move to AC Milan, great performance for them so far
— ManUtdMindset (@ManUtdMindset) August 3, 2019
Great to get the win (Kinda?) Very disappointing game. Matic atrocious. As said, no where near Premier League top 4 level as it stands and I'm worried that this was our last pre season game. Would've been nice to win the trophy too. Maguire, Bruno and Dybala or we're in trouble. pic.twitter.com/SFUArvbrHb
— Daniel #MaticOut (@UtdDxn) August 3, 2019
I don't see the value Nemanja Matic brings anymore. He can't turn. Already looking light in midfield as it is.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) August 3, 2019
The concern for Manchester United fans is how their midfield lacks serious depth and it appears Matic will play against Chelsea regardless of his form.
Paul Pogba has suffered from back spasms and may recover in time but given Solskjaer’s pivot system, it’s unlikely Scott McTominay will feature over the former Chelsea man.
It appears United have forgotten to invest in a real, mobile defensive midfielder this summer and that may come back to haunt them.
Matic’s experience might be the only reason he’s still at Old Trafford as Solskjaer’s squad is rather youthful otherwise.