Nemanja Matic, who followed Jose Mourinho from Chelsea to Man United, has decided to depart Old Trafford before the next managerial change comes into effect.
The Serbian midfielder has officially informed United of his wish to leave the club this summer, reports Jonathan Shrager.
Matic is the only natural defensive midfielder in the senior set-up at Carrington and has appeared in 17 Premier League games this season. His exit will heighten the need of a new holding midfield signing under incoming manager Erik ten Hag.
With Paul Pogba’s time at United seemingly coming to end as well, football director John Murtough will have to look at bringing in more than one midfielder in the summer transfer window.
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is reportedly on the club’s radar, but the Red Devils will wait for Ten Hag’s approval before making a move for the Englishman.
Further, exits of big names in midfield will also open up a space for James Garner to get into the first team. Regular game time at Nottingham Forest has helped the United academy graduate develop as a player. Last week, he played 90 minutes against Birmingham City and assisted from a corner in his side’s 2-0 win.