If it seems like every piece of news coming out of Manchester United lately was bad news, then here’s a little bit more, with Jose Mourinho confirming that Nemanja Matic will miss the start of the Premier League campaign.
We’re sure we are all getting a little bit bored of Jose Mourinho’s persistent whinging this summer about a lack of players (because Manchester United are obviously the only team in the world to have sent players to the World Cup) – but the latest injury news couldn’t have come at a worse time for the disgruntled Portuguese manager.
One of the players who jetted off to Russia this summer was Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, who helped Serbia to the last 16.
He recently was pictured joining up with his team-mates on their tour of the United States, however, in what will be a bitter blow to Mourinho’s title ambitions, the former Chelsea man has been ruled out of the start of the upcoming campaign after failing to recover from an injury he picked up at the World Cup, an injury which now requires surgery:
“Matic arrived from the World Cup, holiday, direct to surgery because something happened in the World Cup,” Mourinho said after his side’s 4-1 defeat to Liverpool.
“He has had surgery. He is out for the start of the season. He came from the World Cup with the injury and the time he had to rest on holiday was not enough to resolve the problem.
”I don’t know how long he will be out for.”
Manchester United host Leicester City on August 10, the opening day of the 2018/19 season.