Nemanja Matic: Winning one competition is not enough

Nemanja Matic: Winning one competition is not enough

Javier Howell
March 21, 2018

"I'm still young and I need to take on what he said and improve".

The former Aston Villa winger's deal at Old Trafford was due to finish this season but his performances under Jose Mourinho saw him recalled to the national team squad in November.

It is the mentality that Mourinho is attempting to instil at United, and one which is arguably responsible for his public criticism of players who he likely believes are not subscribing to such a mindset.

Ever since Mourinho arrived at Manchester United, he has picked out the defender and made his time a living nightmare.

The 32-year-old returned off the bench against Brazil and now has a chance to rubber-stamp his place in the squad ahead of the World Cup, with friendlies against Holland and Italy over the coming week. "I was telling him just now, he was doing things in the second half because he was reacting to my voice".

And striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed: "I know that a lot of good players will come in next summer - that's for sure".

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I've been on the pitch against the likes of Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville and they would be arguing among themselves because they demand the best.

"I think some of the players are nearly incredulous as to why it's happening", Stone said on BBC Radio 5 Live. "I want more personality in the team". If you do a proper discussion with the player and talk about their football, it tends to go down quite well.

"He looks across the city, and the style of football they and Liverpool play".

There is an added pressure when playing for them and you have to accept the criticism that comes with the territory.

After the game ended, he slated his defensive showing, which can't have done wonders for the 22-year-old's confidence. The Italian boss is known for falling out with his players this season, with David Luiz and Diego Costa being on the receiving end.

And he has no qualms about going to Russian Federation despite the current political uncertainty.