Nemanja Matic insists he wants to stay at Manchester United – now he’s in the team again. Matic was linked with a move away from Old Trafford in January when his was struggling to break into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
But the 31-year-old has made 10 appearances since the turn of the year following injury to Scott McTominay and with Paul Pogba still out.
And he hopes to keep his place for the run in and do enough for Solskjaer to keep him long-term.
Matic is out of contract in the summer, so could leave for free if an agreement over a new deal isn’t reached.
United are expected to undergo something of a revamp in the transfer market this summer, with Solskjaer hoping to add several new faces including the likes of Jack Grealish and James Maddison.
But for now he’s just enjoying being part of the side again as United battle for a place in the top four and in the Europa League.
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“That’s football! I’m now fit, happy and playing. Everything is okay at the moment,” he said.
“I knew that in football things can turn. I didn’t know when my time was going to come but I knew I would have some chance to play and my job is to give my best.
“That is exactly what I am doing and even if you don’t play you always need to be focused.
“Even when you’re younger, you need to realise your time can come and when you get the chance, you have to use it. It is exactly the same for me. It’s the same for players at every age.
“Of course, it’s much easier when you play all the time. When you are in good form, it is easier, you have more confidence, you are used to playing games every week or every three or four days.
“But when you don’t always play, maybe once in a month, it’s much harder.”
He added: “Scott is a great player. There is always space in the team for good players. Managers have to decide who is going to play, how we are going to play.
“I am not worried, I am happy when he is in the team because he is the kind of player I like. I like to train with them.
“As a person, he is very good. I am happy he is back and hope he will avoid injuries in the future. The team is a question for the coach!”
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