Nemanja Matic on life under Jose Mourinho at Man United and Chelsea FC

Nemanja Matic opens up on what it's been like under Jose Mourinho at both Man United and Chelsea FC

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Nemanja Matic
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic Photo: MUTV

Nemanja Matic has admitted that working under “special” Jose Mourinho can be very demanding after having linked up with the Portuguese coach at both Manchester United and Chelsea FC.

The Serbian midfielder has been getting used to life at Old Trafford after having signed for the Red Devils from Chelsea FC in the summer transfer window last year in what was something of a surprise move.

Matic has been a consistent performer for the Red Devils this season and he was named as the man of the match as he scored one and set up the other in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Brighton in the FA Cup at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The 29-year-old has scored one goal and made one assist in 30 Premier League games for Manchester United so far this term and has been a top performer under Mourinho.

The Serbia international knows Mourinho well, having featured for him at Chelsea FC during the Portuguese coach’s second spell at Stamford Bridge and helping the Blues to win the title in 2014-15.

And Matic has now opened up about what life is really like working under Mourinho at Old Trafford this season.

Matic is quoted as saying by The Independent: “I didn’t have many managers in my life. He is special because he wants to win always.

“You can see when we lose a game he cannot accept that. Probably that’s why he won more than 20 trophies in his life.

“It is very difficult to work with him because he always wants more and more. Even if you win the league he wants to win again next season.

“At this high level, Manchester United and where I used to play Chelsea, the players need to be ready for that because the pressure is big. Everyone expects you to win every game.

“Obviously it is not possible, but supporters always expect. It doesn’t matter if you are tired or not, supporters want high quality football. It is normal.”

Manchester United will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-finals next month.

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