Manchester United’s work will come to a halt this summer on the employment front after veteran midfielder Nemanja Matic announced his intention to leave the club this summer.
– Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 15, 2022
As reported by Sky Sports among other outlets and sources, the veteran Serbian international has taken to his Instagram account to make the announcement.
“After a great deal of thought, I have decided that this season will be my last with Manchester United. I have informed the board of directors, the manager and the players of my decision.
“It has been a great honor and privilege to play for this fantastic club. Thank you so much to the fans for their unwavering support. I will now do everything until the end of the season to help my team-mates finish as well as possible.”
This news comes as a surprise to United given the fact that Matic still has one year left on his current deal at Old Trafford after the current 2021-22 Premier League season ends.
Now, there is no doubt that United face a huge task ahead of them to replace key players in an already weak midfield on the stage of dreams.
With Paul Pogba confirmed to leave the club in the summer as well, potential new coach Erik ten Hag will have big questions that will need to be answered in the opening days and weeks of his new system that is expected to take root at United after him. I have previously reported that the club has reached an agreement in principle with Dutch Tactics.
But the current Ajax manager may already have plans targeting the hole Matic will leave during his departure, after Reports on ESPN We suggest that Ten Hag prioritize the signing of Monaco youth club Aurelien Chuamini.
It was previously thought that United and others fell behind La Liga giants Real Madrid in the race for Chuamini a few weeks ago, but United’s need to secure a defensive midfielder is urgent.
Given that Matic is United’s only true first-team defensive midfielder at the moment, a move for Chuamini – or another player in that position – would be critical to the club especially at a tactical level as Ten Hag is the champion using the 4-3-3 distribution. .
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