It was announced by Manchester United on Wednesday morning that midfielder Nemanja Matic has been forced to pull out of the Serbia squad with injury.
The news followed bizarrely similar cases with three other members of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, England’s Luke Shaw, France’s Anthony Martial and Victor Lindelof of Sweden, all of which were in shape before the international break.
Remarkably, Romelu Lukaku also looks set to withdraw from the latest Belgium squad as European nations get their EURO 2020 qualification campaigns underway.
But are United fans buying that these injuries and absences are genuine? You bet your bottom dollar they’re not as many are expecting the same foul play they saw at Old Trafford many years ago.
It was a common occurrence during the Sir Alex Ferguson era for Red Devils stars to pull out of their national squads with injury only to appear fine the other side of the break and multiple supporters expect the same this time around.
Check out some of their best reactions poking fun as the comical trend continues, below…
Shades of SAF ?
— Mohammed Basem (@m7mdb01) March 20, 2019
Mind games from Ole pic.twitter.com/5zy93mkypd
— Will (@FtblWill_) March 20, 2019
— Jake Bean (@JakeBean95) March 20, 2019
Ole at the wheel ?
— Duncan? (@Tony_Martial11) March 20, 2019
Keep em coming pic.twitter.com/M3L0WhCWv0
— Pearson ? (@MagesticMxrtial) March 20, 2019
Shades of how it used to be under SAF. Players withdrawing from int’l games for the sake of our campaign.
— GhaintUnited (@ind3r_07) March 20, 2019
— Krazy Keane (@CalmKeane) March 20, 2019
Keep coming home boys
— Eso❄ (@EsoKachikwu) March 20, 2019
Bring them all back
— Pjanicattack (@Pjanicattack1) March 20, 2019
Now waiting for Pogba’s return.
— chivereat (@MUFCmutant) March 20, 2019