As a man who was the director of football at Red Bull, but also the coach of a talent factory called Leipzig, Ralf Rangnick is recognized as a strategist who prefers young football players. With his arrival at Manchester United, the question of the fate of the older football players who turned 30 is open in the future, and one of the natives and the oldest players at Old Trafford is certainly Nemanja Matić.
The Serbian midfielder did not enter the game on Rangnick's debut against Crystal Palace, but the German decided that it was Matic who will lead the team as captain in the last game of the group stage of the Champions League against the Young Boys.
In a way, Rangnick returned the captain's armband to the guy from Serbia, which he did for the first time around his arm in 2019 in the match with Astana, and which he then wore on several more occasions. As Harry Maguire is currently its primary owner, the German's decision to give it to a Serb suggests that the English defender will not start a duel at the Theater of Dreams and that the same fate will probably be with Fernandes, who is the deputy first among equals.
"When you start playing football in a small village in Serbia and when you play for a team that has only one ball, it is not your dream to be the captain of United." "I dreamed of playing in the Serbian championship for the Red Star, but now I am in Manchester United.
I am proud, I am carrying all the armbands home, and this one will be framed, "the 33-year-old told the club's website. This season, Matic made 14 appearances in all competitions, eight of which were in the Premier League, where he scored two goals.
Fred and Mctominay
However, the younger forces had significantly more minutes in the form of Scott McTominay and Fred, who most often formed tandem of defensive midfielders. "I think they are great people, great for the locker room atmosphere.
These are very important players for the team who progress from game to game. They don't get enough praise." "They mostly go to those who score goals, but sooner or later Fred and McTominay will get what they deserve.
They give us stability," Matic said. For coach Rangnick, this will be the second clash on the Manchester United bench. Although his seal, well made by Gegenpressing, was seen against the Palace, Matic believes that there is still a lot of room for mutual understanding with the new head of the expert staff.
"We have to try to impress the coach, to show quality, and to deserve to play. Every coach has his ideas, and it is up to us to adapt and understand them as precisely as possible." "Everyone noticed a piece of his philosophy against Crystal Palace, high pressing, organization.
We've only been together for a couple of days and we haven't had time to go deeper into his ideas, "Matic said before the clash with Young Boys.