Manchester United could undergo several changes during the January transfer window. Despite the team’s improved run of form over the last few weeks, it’s clear Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not happy with the current squad. He is looking to sign reinforcements on both sides of the ball.
The arrivals might lead to departures, though. And one of the biggest candidates to play elsewhere during the second half of the 2019-20 campaign is none other than Nemanja Matic. The Serbian defensive midfielder, who was one of the top world players in his position only a few years ago, now barely sees action for The Red Devils.
The reasons why Matic should leave The Red Devils are quite simple. The lack of playing time clearly has the 31-year-old upset, and he has said time and time again that he wants to be in a place where he can get regular playing time. That’s not going to be at Old Trafford, where Solskjaer doesn’t rate him as high as other managers have.
Scott McTominay’s rise, Fred’s improvements and the predominance to use more skilled players at central midfield – such as Paul Pogba or even Andreas Pereira – have Matic buried at the bottom of Manchester United’s depth chart.
Matic set to sign with Inter Milan?
Apparently, Matic has reached an agreement to join Inter Milan during the January transfer window. But since Matic remains under contract, it’s not clear whether Inter want to spend too much money on a 31-year-old player who doesn’t have a lot of upside left. Matic would certainly be an upgrade over their current central midfield options, though.
Another reason why Matic needs to go is because United need to start selling players to avoid problems with the Financial Fair Play rules. They were big spenders this summer with the additions of players such as Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire, while the departure of Romelu Lukaku was the only one that left a decent amount of cash on the side’s balance books. That could change if Matic leaves.
Last but not least, Matic doesn’t belong on the bench. The Serbian is an accomplished player who clearly needs to be playing at some point. Right now, he has more value for The Red Devils as a financial asset instead of being a fringe squad member. And they would be better suited to get whatever they can get from him in a transfer. That “fringe” role could be better used by a youngster.
No one knows whether The Red Devils will end up shipping Matic elsewhere or not. But the reality shows his potential departure would be the best thing for all parties involved.