Nemanja Matic wants showdown talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being snubbed during the start of Manchester United’s season, according to reports.
The Serbian, 31, has fallen down the pecking order in United’s midfield after being an unused substitute in the games against Chelsea, Wolves and Saturday’s shock defeat to Crystal Palace.
Solskjaer is determined to have more pace and power in his side — and has given the nod to Scott McTominay, ahead of Matic, who has undoubtedly lost a yard of pace since arriving at Chelsea for a second spell in 2014.
While United’s results — a win, a draw and a defeat — might seem underwhelming, they were unlucky to drop points against Wolves and Palace, with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford both missing penalties.
According to the Mirror, Matic is seeking clarifications over his role in the team, two years after his £40million move from Chelsea.
His contract expires at the end of this season, but United have the option to extend his contract for another year.
Jose Mourinho was clearly a huge fan of Matic, signing him twice in 2014 and 2017 when boss at Chelsea and Old Trafford.
He played 36 out of 38 Premier League games for United in his first season, before getting 28 appearances under his belt in the league last season.
Solskjaer’s side face Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday before the international break.
The Norwegian is also reeling from news that Luke Shaw faces a month out with a hamstring injury, after he limped off in the defeat to Crystal Palace.