Nemanja Matic talks about Tottenham clash at Old Trafford

Manchester United will face Tottenham on Sunday at Old Trafford with José Mourinho hoping it will be second time lucky – the former United boss suffered his first defeat in charge of Spurs on his return to United almost one year ago.

Nemanja Matic has been speaking to Manchester United’s matchday programme, United Review, in advance of the home game against Spurs at Old Trafford on Sunday.

He said, “We know they play many games, especially in this last week. It’s hard for them but we have also played a difficult game in the week as well. It’s going to be hard, when you play Tottenham it always is. They have a great squad and also a great manager who we know very well. We will do our best to win.

“I think everybody has to defend. As I said football is a team sport. When you concede a goal, not only does the goalkeeper and defenders concede it, everyone needs to take responsibility. And also when we score everyone is involved. We have to start the action from the back – we defend together and we attack together. In my position my job is more to help give the balance to the team especially when we defend and we will all take responsibility.”

A shock opening day defeat meant United’s preparations suffered a setback but three wins on the spin since the loss to Crystal Palace means that Solskjær’s side have the chance to build some momentum ahead of next weeks international break.

“I always like to say the team who is fighting for the title needs to have that run always of five/six games before you drop some points, that’s normal, no team can win every game.

“We’ve already dropped some points at home in the first game so now we need to make a run of five/six games winning, winning, winning because then we will have a chance to win some trophies. That’s exactly how we finished last season as you said. We know what we did well and we have to practice that and try to repeat that again so we have more belief and more confidence to go into the next games.”

Fans can pre-order a digital issue of the Spurs programme, at a special introductory price of 99p and which will be available to access on Friday evening, by visiting http://www.ManUtd.com/buydigitalUR.

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