Manchester United fans had Nemanja Matic to thank for sneaking past a stubborn West Brom side with a 2-1 win.
The Red Devils travelled to the Hawthorns in search of another win not the road as they hope to somehow catch Manchester City slipping.
Both Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku were on the scoresheet but it was arguably Matic who was more crucial to United’s win.
Composed and reassured in his play, the Serbian singlehandedly runs the team’s engine room with little to no effort.
Fans were quick to praise the player especially due to the lack of help he received from midfield partner Ander Herrera.
Another top performance from Nemanja Matić. When everyone else went to sleep in the second half, he was at least alert to the dangers. Some crucial interceptions.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) December 17, 2017
Matic doing the job of both Matic and Herrera.
— Anne-Marie Dray (@Anna__Dray) December 17, 2017
— Man Utd Universe (@ManUtdUniverse) December 17, 2017
Matic was class today. So happy for him he will have Pogba back soon. Herrera has been a disgrace alongside him as cover for Pogba.
— Lee (@Lee20495) December 17, 2017
Nemanja Matic will probably be happier than anyone that Paul Pogba will be returning for Manchester United’s next match after serving his suspension.
The midfield duo are one of the league’s best pairings in the centre of the park but they’ll certainly be concerned of the lack of depth in the club.
However, Fellaini’s contract ends in the summer, Carrick is expected to move into coaching and Herrera is a shadow of the player he was last season.
With just the youth to rely on, Jose Mourinho may be concerned with a gaping hole slowly appearing in United’s midfield.