Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to let go of Nemanja Matic come January, but on one condition.
The Serbian international has barely featured for the first team since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as the Red Devils’ manager.
This season, the experienced midfielder remains below the likes of Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira and Fred in the pecking order—even amidst Paul Pogba being on the sidelines due to injury.
Now, the Telegraph has claimed that the Norwegian boss is more than happy to let the 31-year-old head out the exit door in the winter window, as long as he gets to bring in a replacement.
According to the report, Solskjaer sees Matic in the same category as Marouane Fellaini, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling, i.e. players he has happily shipped out from his squad, as he intends to build a faster, sharper and dynamic team.
In fact, the Serb was only retained in the summer because Ole wanted to hold on to his experience, coupled with the fact that Manchester United failed to sign Sean Longstaff from Newcastle.
Matic’s current contract still has 12 months to go, meaning the Mancunians can receive a decent fee in exchange for his services. The player has supposedly attracted interest from Italian giants AC Milan and Inter.
The report does not dwell into the list of potential replacements on United’s radar. However, the fact remains that the chances of Matic receiving game-time will further decrease once Pogba returns, thereby making a January exit from Old Trafford a favourable option for the ex-Chelsea star.
Matic hasn’t featured for the club since United’s 0-0 draw with AZ Alkmaar on October 3, and he doesn’t look likely to be named in the starting eleven anytime soon either.