Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Matic Yet to Reach Best after Missing Full Pre-Season

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Matic Yet to Reach Best after Missing Full Pre-Season

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NEMANJA Matic has been a key anchor man for Jose Mourinho's rampant United, but the Serb insists he is not at his best yet.

Matic signed from Chelsea for £40m in the summer but didn't train with his former team-mates as his exit from Stamford Bridge was ongoing. The 29-year-old is now playing catch up.

"I didn't have pre-season. I trained alone. I can feel it in some parts of the game," he admits.

"My body is not ready yet and I have some difficulty, of course, but I try to hide that and to play simple.

"I will be better."

With Matic not yet at 100 per cent, Paul Pogba out long-term with a hamstring injury and Ander Herrera barely starting in the XI, Marouane Fellaini has emerged as a new force in Mourinho's engine room.

The Belgian scored twice in Saturday's 4-0 home win against Crystal Palace. …

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