Nemanja Matic claims Manchester United must show desire and quality to last tough festive schedule

by Harry Robinson

Nemanja Matic has insisted that Manchester United will get through a tricky festive period by showing desire.

The Reds have one of the toughest schedules in the Premier League, with the shortest breaks between games during the Christmas/New Year spell of the season.

Consecutive 2-2 draws against Leicester City and then Burnley come before a game against Southampton on December 30th and then an away trip to Everton on January 1st.

Matic admitted it’s difficult to deal with, but that Man United’s squad have the ability to do so.

“It’s hard because every three days you have a game, but the most important things are motivation and desire,” Matic said.

“We know that we are tired – but we also know that the others teams also play every few days.

“So motivation, desire and quality are most important – and we have all those in our squad.”

The Serbian midfielder also commented on the gap between United and title favourites and rivals Manchester City. It will be stretched to an almost unassailable 15 points if the Blues win on Wednesday evening against Newcastle United.

Matic said he won’t talk about the title race until events conclude in May.

“We are halfway in the season, so let’s see what has happened at the end of the season.

“I don’t like to talk before that. We will see in May where we are and what we need.”

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