It would be an understatement to say this has been an interesting year for Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matić. In January he was linked to several transfers out and looked almost certain to leave Old Trafford after struggling with form and fitness.
Fast forward a few months and Matić has found his form and several starts in the United XI. As a result, on Friday before the Manchester Derby, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Matić has agreed a new contract extension. His contract was set to expire this summer.
“We have agreed with him so he will stay. One hundred percent.”
The Serbian was gifted an opportunity to get his place back in the United team when fellow midfielder Scott McTominay got injured on New Year’s Day. Since filling in, the 31-year-old Matić started 13 of United’s last 17 games, having only begun six of the first 30 games this season.
It caps a remarkable turnaround for Matić, who revealed at the end of January that he was yet to hold discussions with the club over a new contract.