Nemanja Matic has denied that any rift exists between himself and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.
The midfielder, who struggled more than most towards the end of last season, has not started any of Man United’s opening four Premier League games of the 2019-20 campaign.
Controversy emerged after United’s 1-1 draw with Southampton when Matic liked a comment on Instagram criticising Solskjaer’s selection and tactics.
Speaking ahead of a Euro 2020 qualifier against Portugal, Matic said: “In the first two or three games he (Solskjaer) determined the team without me.
“I work as hard as I can, we respect the decision, it is mine to show him that he was wrong and to bring me back to where I belong.
“There is no problem. I told him I disagreed with him, but that he had to decide the team. I have been in football for a long time, I have played almost all the games for all the clubs in the last 10 years.
“In order for me to play, one had to sit on the bench and accept that fact, and so do I now. The coach must opt for the team that will fight for the title, and if he does not win, he bears the responsibility.”
Matic forms part of the old guard which Solskjaer, piece by piece, is looking to dismantle as part of a vision to create a fresher, more energetic foundation for his high-pressing counterattacking style.
And there is no doubt that Matic, a Premier League winner, feels hard done by, but the fact of the matter is that his lack of mobility has no place in this current setup.