Matic: Let’s build momentum
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is eager to finish the year strongly, with no fewer than 11 games coming up for the Reds before the end of the year.
During the recent international break, the Serbian powerhouse spent time at Carrington, preparing for a hectic schedule that finishes off 2021.
The Reds have nine Premier League games and two Champions League fixtures to negotiate between now and 30 December, so Matic has made sure to spend the pause from club football wisely.
"Yeah it’s always important to use the international break to rest, to recover the body and to be ready for the next challenges," Matic said in an exclusive interview with club media.
"As you know, the Premier League is very hard, plus we have Champions League, FA Cup [in January], so it’s a very tough schedule for us in the next couple of months so I rest very well and then I’m fresh and motivated to continue."
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The Serbian midfielder says the team is very motivated to finish the year on a high.
"Yeah it’s very important to build momentum, game by game, especially now because Christmas is coming, Boxing Day as you know is always busy for us. Lot of games so we have to be ready for that."
First up in that busy period is the trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford on Saturday and our no.31 is looking forward to the challenge.
He wants to build on the solid away performance against Tottenham Hotspur - United won 3-0 in north London in our last away match in the Premier League.
"I hope so. We have a very difficult match against Watford then after that with Villarreal away and then Chelsea. Very busy and it’s important to start the week with a win."
Although it is the players on the pitch kicking the ball, the Serbian is keen to emphasise the fans’ importance for United, especially in busy periods where legs and heads can get tired.
"Very important," Matic said about our supporters' influence.
"When we play without supporters it was not the same. Playing at Old Trafford without our fans is not the same. Supporters give us more motivation, more energy so now the situation is different. Supporters are back and now we are very excited that they came and we want to say thank you for the great support."