Manchester United Midfielder Nemanja Matic Delivers Damning Assessment Of His Team-Mates After Everton Thrashing

Nemanja Matic hit out at Manchester United's lack of leadership in their 4-0 loss to Everton

Nemanja Matic has hit out at Mamchester United’s lack of leadership in their 4-0 defeat away to Everton.

United’s hopes of securing a top four finish suffered a further blow as goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott condemned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to a heavy defeat. 

Matic admitted that he deserved criticism for his performance in the defeat given that he is one of his side’s most experienced players.  

Matic told Malaysian network Astro Supersport: ‘I think many things didn’t work for us today.

‘The staff prepared the game in the same way that they prepare every game. They showed us every small detail where they (Everton) can hurt us, but I think the biggest problem was that we didn’t have leaders today on the pitch.

‘In this case me, because I’m one of the most experienced guys in the team, so if we don’t win that battle in the midfield then for the whole team it’s difficult to play. If someone is to blame for this game it’s me.’

‘I think various few things, but it is very important to have the right mentality, champions’ mentality in the changing room. 

‘It’s easy to say you have the right mentality when you are winning, but when you’re losing the staff need to see what’s wrong, and I’m sure they will analyse everything and they will find the right way to come back.’

United have lost six of their last eight games in all competitions since their incredible Champions League success away to Paris Saint-Germain last month. 

Matic admitted that United’s mentality can be called into question, but backed the coaching staff and the players to improve matters.

He said: ‘I think various few things, but it is very important to have the right mentality, champions’ mentality in the changing room. 

‘It’s easy to say you have the right mentality when you are winning, but when you’re losing the staff need to see what’s wrong, and I’m sure they will analyse everything and they will find the right way to come back.’

United face a daunting task on Wednesday night as they host rivals Manchester City, who are aiming to edge closer to winning the title.

Matic is certain that United will be fully motivated for that game, but the Serbia international indicated that his team often struggle to give their all against teams from outside the top six.  

He said: ‘In these kind of games I think the motivation is there, always. This is not a problem for our team to find the motivation in this kind of game. 

‘The problem is when you play, I don’t want to say small games, but teams that aren’t in the top six. Also last season we had some troubles against the teams who are in the middle of the table or who are fighting to avoid relegation.’ 

Following their heavy loss to Everton, United remain in sixth place, two points adrift of Arsenal, who are fourth.   

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