Earlier today, we covered a story from the Manchester Evening News, in which it was claimed that Manchester United had activated the one-year extension clause in Nemanja Matic’s contract. That has since been confirmed.
There’s no doubt that Matic has greatly benefitted from the injury to Scott McTominay as beforehand, it looked as though there would be no way back for the Serbia international.
Credit where it’s due, the ex-Chelsea player has been sublime over the last few months, more than deserving another twelve months at Old Trafford.
Going into a crucial summer, this allows Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to direct his focus at other positions which need working on, while Matic and McTominay can, once again, work in rotation with one another.
Matic has the experience, the know-how, the nous to win football matches. The younger lads in the dressing room can undoubtedly learn from his experience. Make no mistake about it, this was a hard-fought, richly-deserved extension.
I guess the only concern is that James Garner, Dylan Levitt and other young up-and-comers will have to further bide their time for their opportunities, but if they’re good enough, they’ll break through.
For now, though, enjoy the best fan reaction to the news, with United fans delighted at the 31-year-old’s contract extension: