Heading into a new campaign, the last thing that Jose Mourinho would have wanted was a major injury blow. Unfortunately for the Man Utd boss, that’s exactly what he has suffered.
As if Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool in the International Champions Cup wasn’t bad enough for the Red Devils faithful, they will also now have to contend with Nemanja Matic missing the start of the new season.
The 29-year-old played a fundamental role for Mourinho and United last year, featuring in 49 games in all competitions as an almost ever-present in the heart of the midfield.
In turn, while his absence in pre-season following the World Cup was bad enough, Mourinho has now conceded that he could be without the influential star when the new Premier League campaign gets underway in two weeks time.
“Matic came from the World Cup with an injury and the time he had to rest on holiday was not enough to resolve the problem,” he is quoted as saying by BBC Sport, who note that the expectation is that the Man Utd ace will miss the start of the season.
“He went to Philadelphia for a top specialist and he didn’t leave the clinic. He immediately had surgery.”
The headaches appear to be piling up for Mourinho as with Paul Pogba yet to return to action given his extended break after his World Cup exploits this summer, it’s questionable as to whether or not the French international and World Cup winner will be ready for the opening game either.
That could leave the Premier League giants short in midfield with summer signing Fred likely to need time to settle too, and so Matic’s absence will now be a real concern as Man Utd will be desperate for him to return as soon as possible given his influence on the side.