Matic accepts his red card in 2-1 win at Watford

Sunday 16 September 2018 09:00

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has accepted the red card he was given in the latter stages of Saturday’s hard-fought 2-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road.

Although the Serbia international was disappointed to depart following a second bookable offence, he insists he can use the one-game suspension to rest ahead of a busy schedule for the Reds.
Matic saw red in the final seconds of the game after a foul on Watford’s Will Hughes and the free-kick led to heroics from David De Gea, who denied the Hornets a late point with a flying save.

“I think the first yellow card was a clear yellow card,” Nemanja said while speaking to reporters on Saturday night. “The second one, I'm not sure, it was a foul, but I'm not sure if it was a yellow card. It's OK. I accept the decision of the referee and I will have one game to rest.”
Jose Mourinho seemed pleased with his midfielder’s performance none-the-less when hugging the Serbian as he left the field. but Matic joked he will wait to see the reaction at training on Monday!
“We will see what he has to say on Monday,” Nemanja said.
Watch the highlights from Saturday's 2-0 Premier League win over Watford.

Asked what Mourinho said to the players at half-time following an impressive first-half display, Matic revealed: “He said we had to concentrate and that we could not allow them to create the chances because if they score a goal we are in trouble.

"We knew that, but they have quality, they have confidence because they won the first four games. They scored and after that it was difficult for us. We had some counter attacks to finish the game, but we didn't score.”
Chris Smalling grabbed United’s second with a fantastic volley and Matic admitted the Reds’ central defender is always a danger for the opposition. “Chris is great. As you see, in the box he is always dangerous. Last season he scored some important goals for us.”
Matic concluded by declaring he was happy with the Reds second successive away win. “We played well, but in the Premier League it's always difficult. It can be difficult when you are 2-0 in front and the other team is creating chances. They created problems and if you don't score the third one this can happen, but at the end what we are counting is only the [three] points. We are happy for three points and I hope we can continue like this.”