The former Shakhtar Donetsk man’s nation was the one to come out of that battle as the victors as they sent their opponents out of the competition.
Jose Mourinho will certainly be pleased that Matic will now be able to get some extra rest and enjoy a holiday as he’s crucial to his manager’s plans next season.
Fred has yet to start a match for Brazil after picking up an injury just before the World Cup began much to the frustration of United fans who were keen to see him play.
Nonetheless, the Brazilian admitted it was nice to meet with Nemanja before even arriving at the club and he’s predicted that the two will enjoy each other’s company.
“It’s [the move] a big change, but I have not stopped yet … It still hasn’t set in, I’m very focused here on the World Cup. I do not think much about it, but it’s a great club in Europe, it’s one of the biggest, so I’m very happy for that.”
It’s unlikely that Jose spent around £50m on the 25 year old only to have him as a back up to either one of the other midfielders but the manager’s plans will become clearer once the season begins.