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Nemanja Matic gives Erik ten Hag verdict and reveals why he left Manchester United

Published on: 25 September 2022

Nemanja Matic believes Erik ten Hag is the right fit for Manchester United but insists he has no regrets about leaving the club in the summer. The 34-year-old decided to leave United at the end of last season after declining the option of a one-year contract extension.

When Matic signed his last contract in July 2020, United stated that the deal ran until 2023, but it transpired that this was an error and that the Serbian's contract was actually for a minimum of two years, with the option of an additional year.

Matic had a minimal role to play at United last season and believed he would have to leave in the summer if he was to keep playing regularly at the top level.

The former Chelsea player left on a free to sign for former manager Jose Mourinho at Roma, meaning he never got to work with Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.

Matic believes he made the right decision and thinks United also did when it came to selecting their new manager earlier in the year.

“I see the way he wants to play and I think that’s the right way,” he told The Times.

“To be honest, I needed a new challenge because I never started playing football for money, it was because I enjoyed being on the pitch.

"I wanted to play more, so once I had the call from Jose, I was quite sure I made the right decision.”

Matic has featured in all seven of Roma's league outings so far this season. Mourinho's side currently sit sixth in the Serie A table, four points off early leaders Napoli.


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