Nemanja Matic looks to play the ball past Liverpool striker Divock Origi

Matic focused on positives after Anfield defeat

Monday 20 January 2020 07:00

Nemanja Matic says everyone at Manchester United was understandably disappointed with Sunday's 2-0 loss at Anfield, but the midfielder also believes his side showed positive signs during the game.

Goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah secured victory for Liverpool, despite United running the hosts close after dominating much of the second half.

“On the pitch, we felt, 'We are in the game, we can score, we can create,'" Matic told MUTV after the match.

"I think we played some good football. In the last 35 to 40 minutes, we were the better side. But it’s hard. If you don’t score against this kind of team it’s hard to draw or to win.
Matic: We deserved something Video

Matic: We deserved something

Nemanja felt United should have taken a point after a determined effort against Liverpool...

“I think everyone on the pitch from our team felt that we were in control, completely in control, so that’s the model of how we should always play against top teams." 

One of United’s biggest chances fell to Anthony Martial in the second half, but our French forward fired over the bar. 

“Yeah, I think that he made a great action, a one-two with Andreas, and tried to do his best to score. We also had one great chance in the first half.

“As I said, we have to use these chances because against top teams you can create three or four in the game, and you have to use at least one. If you don’t score, they score,” added Matic.

Our no.31 started alongside Fred in midfield on Merseyside, and Matic was full of praise for his Brazilian partner. 

“It’s great to play next to him," said the Serbia international. "He played a great game. He always gives his best, fighting for the team, exactly what I try to do.

“We will continue to do our work - we’re working every day for this club and in three days [against Burnley] we have the chance to show that we are better than this [result].

"If someone says we played completely badly in this game, I do not agree. We were against probably the best team in the league. In the last 35 minutes we played better, we controlled it and we felt we could score. We have to keep doing exactly that. 

“Let’s focus on the next one, Burnley at home. We have to get three points to keep fighting for the fourth spot for the Champions League,” he concluded.

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