Matic: My pride at being captain
"It was an honour to captain this club and I'm very proud of that," Nemanja Matic told us on Thursday night...
How did it feel to captain the team? “It was an honour to captain this club. To be given the responsibility, I’m very proud of that and I hope that it’s not the last time. It’s a big responsibility and I’m proud of that, of course.” Did you feel like an elder statesman in that young side? "Yeah, there were a lot of young guys in the squad. I think after Sergio Romero I was the oldest in the team. So it was nice for me, but this is the life." How impressive is Mason Greenwood? "Yeah, he has that talent that a Manchester United player needs to have. If he continues to work hard I think he will be a very important player for our club. I’m happy for him that he scored in the senior squad and I hope that he will continue. The rest of the youngsters that played tonight, they played well, they gave their best, and this is the most important thing." Is it important to win our home games in Europe? Yes, of course, three points are always the most important. I think we should score some goals in the first half to open the game and in the second half try to score more. At half-time it was 0-0, and they became more difficult for us. They dropped back, they waited for the counter attack. They are not bad, they have some experienced players, some that I have played with in the national team. We knew it, we saw some videos before the game, we knew what to expect. Next time we have to open the game early to score in the first 20/25 minutes. But, of course, we will learn from this, and I’m very happy we got three points against a very good team." Finally, are you looking forward to that trip to Serbia and Belgrade? "I’m happy, it’s the first time in my career that I have played against a Serbian team. I’m looking forward to that. I have some friends at Partizan Belgrade, and a lot of my family will come to the stadium to see the game. But I have the opportunity to play against a Serbian team."