It’s been a while since Manchester United were beaten as comprehensively as they were against Everton on Sunday. The Red Devils were woeful from minute one and got what they deserved as they fell to a 4-0 defeat at Goodison Park. After the game, though Nemanja Matic took responsibility for his failures and the fans commended him for it.
Matic: “Nothing worked for us today. I, who am the most experienced player in the team today, did not play well. We can’t blame the young lads. I was the biggest problem.” #mufc [TV2, @footballqueeen]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) April 21, 2019
Nemanja Matic had some strong words after the game. During an interview on Norwegian TV (transcript via The Metro), the Serbian midfielder claimed that ‘We can’t blame the young lads’ and that he himself ‘was the biggest problem’. It’s a brave line to take, and it’s one that the fans have appreciated as he’s thrown himself under the bus to protect his younger teammates.
In truth, he’s not all wrong. Matic was one of the main culprits on an awful afternoon, but football is not about individuals, it’s about the collective. United had 11 players out on the pitch who all failed to do the necessary, and just because Matic was well below par doesn’t mean he was the only one. His maturity after the feat to take the fall for teammates is one thing, but with more displays like that, he won’t be a United player for much longer.
You can read the Red Devils’ verdict on Matic’s comments here:
At least he's honest, refreshing.
— James (@jamo_3103) April 21, 2019
I can support players who have the bottle to own up and take responsibility.
— Jon (@BeanToast) April 21, 2019
Be fair on him, he was as bad as the others and he’s taking responsibility to protect the younger lads and help their confidence. Respect for this
— Sean_Murphy1674 (@MurphyPongo) April 21, 2019
At least he’s honest
— TTPxDimez (@truereddevil10) April 21, 2019
Some heart shown by someone at last.. Commendable that he is accepting responsibility..
— Romendra Pratap Singh (@RpsUtd) April 21, 2019
Respect for not hiding
— Sebastian Erbs (@_Erbs) April 21, 2019
At least he is standing up as a senior n leader.. 4-0 that was trash
— rastamsie (@tamsie18) April 21, 2019
— Gautam Tawde (@GautamTawde) April 21, 2019
The Red Devils will not be accepting any more performances like Sunday’s, and even with Matic’s acceptance it’s just not good enough.