Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Matic Fails in Bid to Make Mourinho Angry at Him

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Matic Fails in Bid to Make Mourinho Angry at Him

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NEMANJA Matic admits he tried to make Jose Mourinho angry by helping Serbia progress into the knockout stages of the World Cup.

The United boss tipped Brazil and Switzerland to qualify from Group E and that prediction came true after Serbia lost two of their three group games.

Mourinho admitted he had to be 'emotional' with that forecast as he believed Matic needed a holiday after starting 47 games in his first season at Old Trafford.

Not that Matic took too much notice.

"I saw that Mourinho said that he wanted me to go home early. I tried to make him angry! I tried to get Serbia to the group stages, but unfortunately we are out of the World Cup," he said.

"Of course, he wants his players to be fresh for a good pre-season because, as you know, English football is very hard. …

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