Nemanja Matic is considering leaving Manchester United in the January transfer window amid fears he could lose his place in the Serbia squad ahead of next summer’s European Championships.
The midfielder has fallen out-of-favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has started just twice in the Premier League so far this season, with the 31-year-old now considering an exit in the winter window as he seeks regular first-team football.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Matic has concerns over his international place ahead of Serbia’s possible participation at Euro 2020, and is considering the possibility of leaving Old Trafford to secure his position in the national side.
The former Chelsea player has entered the final year of his contract at the club, though Manchester United do have the option to extend his deal by a further season. Matic’s peripheral role means the club are unlikely to resist any approaches for the player, whilst the club have also been linked with signing additional midfield options in the upcoming transfer window.
United had been keen to add midfield talent to their ranks in January, though their priority is now believed to be attacking reinforcements following their struggles in front of goal so far this season.
Matic’s potential departure could see the club enter the market for a replacement, however, with the club’s hierarchy acknowledging that Solskjaer was left short of sufficient depth this summer.
Matic has been ruled out for over a month with an unspecified injury, his last involvement in a matchday squad coming on October 6 when he was an unused substitute in the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle.
The midfielder will once again be absent for tonight’s Europa League tie at home to Partizan Belgrade, a fixture which will see United qualify for the tournament’s knock-out stages with victory at Old Trafford.