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Nemanja Matic insists there's "no problem" with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – but says buck stops with him for title challenge

Nemanja Matic

Nemanja Matic says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be the man responsible if Manchester United fail to challenge for the Premier League title this season.

United (opens in new tab) have won only one of their first four fixtures in 2019/20 and sit eighth in the table heading into the international break.

Matic made his first appearance of the campaign in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Southampton (opens in new tab), when the Red Devils were unable to find a winner even after their opponents had been reduced to 10 men.

And the Serbia international believes Solskjaer will be to blame if United do not meet expectations this term.

"The coach must opt for the team that will fight for the title and if he doesn't win, he bears the responsibility," Matic told reporters ahead of Serbia's Euro 2020 qualifier against Portugal.

"I've been in football for a long time, I've played almost all the games for all the clubs in the last 10 years. In order for me to play, someone had to sit on the bench and accept that fact, and so do I now.

"In the first two or three games he picked the team without me," the midfielder added. "I work as hard as I can. We respect the decision, it's up to me to show him that he was wrong and to bring me back to where I belong.

"There's no problem. I told him I disagreed with him but that he had to decide the team."

United will welcome Brendan Rodgers's Leicester (opens in new tab) to Old Trafford on September 14.


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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).