Manchester United’s sluggish start to the season descended into full blown crisis on Sunday after a demoralising defeat away to local rivals Manchester City in the English Premier League.
A win would have put Jose Mourinho’s right back in the mix towards the top of the table, but any title aspirations they may have held now look almost certainly to be over after goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan cancelled out Anthony Martial’s penalty in a 3-1 victory for City.
Fingers are being pointed at many players in Mourinho’s team, but one player received more criticism than most after that match – Nemanja Matic.
The Serbian international failed to protect his defensive line from a rampant home side, with many left questioning the purpose of his selection given that he offers little going forward too.
Many are now calling for Mourinho to drop him for upcoming matches.
These fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his Sunday display…
Matic is a waste of space. He is so immobile & slow of thought it's ridiculous. Lindelof told him Gundogan was there and he still didn't react. #MUFC
— MUFC Somerset Cider Saxon (@Bleekster16) November 11, 2018
Lindelof is literally pointing at Gundogan for Matic to pick him up. Abysmal from Matic. #MUFC
— . (@ManUtdGossips) November 11, 2018
— Matthew Dondo (@Matt_Matics_) November 11, 2018
Ten OGs wouldn't convince Mourinho to drop Matic #mufc /sigh
— Jammin (@hungbp) November 11, 2018
United's midfield is the problem. I don't see Matic being apart of it. He caused 2 of the 3 goals. I would of liked to see Pereira. #mufc
— Akiel Rugbeer (@ak05_) November 11, 2018
Matic has to go, Smalling needs to be replaced at the very least, I'd like to see Dalot play towards the end of the season and we need a system of play that works for our forwards. No one needs sacked, the world won't end. #MUFC
— Mr C Gervin (@Mr_C_Gervin) November 11, 2018
Matic quickly becoming the villain after last year. Board is right to not want to invest in 29 year olds. Have to gut this side #mufc
— Love United?Hate Glazer (@mcollins_93) November 11, 2018
Don’t like calling out our players but matic in the last month has lost his player 4 times all resulting in goals. Time to bring youth like Pererra into the team and rebuild for next season #mufc
— warnold (@WindsorArnold) November 11, 2018