Nemanja Matic praises Donny van de Beek whiles previewing Tottenham clash

Nemanja Matic’s resurgence in 2020 has been remarkable – the former Serbian international was written off at the turn of the year and reportedly had a rocky relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

Injuries forced the managers hand but the midfielders impressive performances saw him retain his place when Scott McTominay returned from his troublesome ankle injury.

The competition for one position in midfield is as fierce as it’s been for Manchester United: “We have a big squad, and especially in midfield we are very strong and it’s always good to have good competition,” Matic told United Review, the official Manchester United matchday programme.

“Healthy competition is always good for the team so we are here to challenge. The manager of course is going to decide who is going to play because when you play for Manchester United you have to win your games to win trophies and to fight for the title. We will see if we have enough quality for that. I’m sure that we have.”

Donny van de Beek has been added to bolster United’s growing midfield and Matic was complimentary of the 23-year-old after his first month with the team.

Matic has this to say, “Off the pitch I think he’s a great guy. On the pitch I think he brings a lot of quality with the ball, his movements around the box are great. I think this season and in the future he will be a very important player. He’s still young and he can still improve and I’m happy that we have him in the team.”

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