Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has announced midfielder Nemanja Matic will miss the beginning of the Premier League season following his side’s 4-1 demolition at the hands of Liverpool.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 28, 2018
Serbia midfielder Matic has not been a part of Manchester United‘s International Champions Cup campaign in the United States since returning from World Cup this year, and Mourinho has now announced that Matic has undergone surgery.
Mourinho said: “Matic arrived from the World Cup, holiday, direct to surgery because something happened in the World Cup. 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.”
In Matic’s absence in Michigan on Saturday night, Liverpool thrashed United with Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge, Sheyi Ojo and Xherdan Shaqiri all on target in an impressive victory. Andreas Pereira netted a fine free-kick to leave the sides level at the break, but United faltered in the second half.
Result insignificant for #mufc but preparations aren't. Valencia, Matic, Dalot, Smalling and Shaw are injured. Lukaku, Rashford, Young, Pogba, Fellaini, Lindelof, Jones and Lingard still unavailable. Sanchez and Mata the strike partnership. Squad needs strengthening urgently.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) July 28, 2018
Talking to MUTV earlier, the head coach explained the lack of players at his disposal for the International Champions Cup and its repercussions.
Mourinho said: “We play Real Madrid and we have no more players than what we have. Antonio Valencia comes from holiday – I think too much holiday for him. His condition was not good when he was back, then injury and also go back.
“Anthony Martial has the baby and after the baby is born – beautiful baby, full of health, thank God – he should be here and he is not here. So we have Alexis [Sanchez] and [Juan] Mata who play every minute of every match and now we have Real Madrid and after that Bayern Munich and that’s our start.
“I just hope the boys on deserved holidays, they take care of themselves a little bit and I hope somebody wants to do what [Marcus] Rashford and [Phil] Jones decide to do, which is to be back a little bit earlier to try and help the team because for the beginning of the season we are going to be in trouble.
“The majority of the players that played are not going to play – some of them are not even going to belong to the squad.”
With a few players still away after the World Cup and Anthony Martial at home after the birth of his child, Mourinho felt his side, who next face Real Madrid on Tuesday evening, gained little from the meeting.