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Nemanja Matic 2017-18 Performances

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6.2 Average rating
49 Appearances
2 Goals
4 Assists
6 Yellow cards
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  1. Feb 3, 2018

    hn4manunited Full Member

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    Yep. Always needed a good disciplined partner he can depend on. He was even able to roam forward today. Definitely played a solid game today. Pogba isn’t disciplined enough for the role. He should be able to tell himself to do the job but he’s not capable of doing it. McTominay or Herrera partnering him allows him to play to his strengths. It’s all about having the right mix of players to get the right balance.
  2. Feb 3, 2018

    abdo99 Full Member City Lover

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    Solid performance from Matic but I'd like him to release the ball quicker. Takes too many touches when only one is needed. Screws up the counters.
  3. Feb 3, 2018

    WR10 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018

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    He's literally our engine. What do we do without him? His calm presence and intricate ball control in midfield is very under valued.
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    Pexbo has never watched Star Wars

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    There’s method in the madness with those extra touches around the half way line. Carrick used to be a master of them too, it’s not always about playing a quick pass to the guy closest to you when the rest of the team is marked up, it just puts him the same position you were and at best you might get it straight back.

    What Matic, Carrick, Kroos, Busquets, Alonso et al all do is invite pressure on to themselves because they know an extra man on them equates to one of our players being in space.

    It doesn’t always work out as intended, but that’s the reason they do it, they’re not just being sluggish and lacking awareness.
  5. Feb 3, 2018

    engulfing Full Member

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    He looks tired. He could do with a weeks holiday tbh.
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    J_Red 11 Banned

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    I get your point but we are all know Carrick, Kroos & Alonso are different class in passing if we compare them to Matic.
  7. Feb 4, 2018

    haram Full Member

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    Playing a 3 man midfield would help him when he is pressed as well, gives him another player to pass to in closer proximity.
  8. Feb 4, 2018

    eat_grass Full Member

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    Welcome back, Matic! (The good version that started so well this season.)
  9. Feb 4, 2018

    iKeano Full Member

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    Solid game, although looks like he needs a rest, been flogged to death this season.
  10. Feb 4, 2018

    Lawman Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    Would love Dier in beside him with Pogba in a 3. What a solid base that would give our team.
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    Trizy Full Member

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    He and our squad just had over a week off in Dubai. They cannot be tired.

    Brilliant today when he's not out numbered in midfield. Also very good when Pogba came on as a third midfielder. 433 works and water is wet :lol:
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    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018

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    Yeah tired excuse is bs. They had a week off in Dubai and also he played one game in 15 days or so in that period. Now we play Newcastle after 1 week gap.
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    Rajma Full Member

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    My only criticism with him is he rarely tries first time passes and holds unto the ball for too long.
  14. Feb 4, 2018

    Coops73 Full Member

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    Was brilliant yesterday, a completely different performance from Wednesday and I think having Mctominay next to him may of helped.
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    Feb 11, 2018

    Yagami Full Member

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    What a pass to Martial. Should've had an assist.
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    M Bison Full Member

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    Great pass, our first bit of real quality
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    FujiVice Full Member

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    Poor fecker is basically first name on the team sheet every week. Shame we cant afford to rest him for a game or two. He's so good. That pass.
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    Yagami Full Member

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    Young had a nice moment when he nutmegged Shelvey and played a decent pass for Lukaku to run on to, too. Also, I think it's fair to classify de Gea's save as quality as well. :D
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    El Pasillo Banned

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    Fracture90 Full Member

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    Thing of beauty that through pass.
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    Devil may care Full Member Verified Moaner

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    Lovely pass for Martial's first chance, a bit sloppy at times buit overall he was ok.
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    The No.10! Full Member

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    His passing has been torrid the past few weeks. What could it be down to? But it's really messing up things in the middle of the park.
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    Leroy The Red Full Member

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    Seems to fade a bit in the second half of season, was the same at Chelsea for a few years and unfortunately looks to be creeping in here and unfortunately because he tends to be the only competent cm we have playing its having a knock on effect. He's not getting around as much as he was earlier this season .
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    Bobski Full Member

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    If Carrick had been fit his season might have been more even. Too passive for my liking. I want to see more of that aggression in his passing that he showed for the Martial chance.

    Good player, but the club should already be looking for a upgrade.
  25. Feb 11, 2018

    YouOnlyLiveTwice Full Member

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    I think he is one of the few players who can be overall happy with his performance today.
  26. Feb 11, 2018

    Acole9 Outstanding

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    I'm not sure whether he's suffering from fatigue or he's suffering from having to play in a midfield two with a player that doesn't have the discipline to play that position. He needs a player who's going to battle alongside him but can push on as well.
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    Kag Full Member

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    Where is he even meant to be on the pitch? Because he's bloody useless at the moment.

    At one point, even Mata was chucking his arms about in the air from the other side of the pitch, wondering why nobody on that side of the pitch was pressing.

    I don't like commenting mid-game but Matic has been shite for weeks and gets a very easy ride.
  28. Feb 17, 2018

    bosnian_red Worst scout to ever exist

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    Stringer Full Member

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    He's been incredibly poor on the ball recently. Very slow to pass and gets caught a lot due to that.
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    tob Full Member

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    Totally agree. All focus has been on Pogba's performance and this guy gets no criticism whatsoever.
    He's been poor for many games now and tonight he looks so lost on that field.
  31. Feb 17, 2018

    Roboc7 Full Member

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    Been poor, him and McTominay aren’t protecting the defence, are getting overrun and offering nothing going forward.
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    DWelbz19 Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    He's looking more and more like the Matic of last season.
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    Bastian Full Member

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    So will he be playing 3 games in one week? He is such an important player for us. Would like to see him given more freedom too next season (get that deep lying midfielder). His pressing the opposition is almost always well timed and often leads to counter attacks.
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    The No.10! Full Member

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    He has been so terribly poor today and these last few weeks. Most probably fatigue taking its toll. God knows what will happen next.
  35. Feb 17, 2018

    #07 makes new threads with tweets in the OP

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    Worst half in a red shirt. Hope he picks it up massively second half.
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    FujiVice Full Member

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    He looks absolutely knackered to me. Sadly, Mourinho's "give everything or give nothing" attitude to selecting players tells me he wont get a rest anytime soon.
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    Cassidy Not to be confused with Cassady the Liverpool fan

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    We don't exactly have any suitable alternatives with Herrera Felliani and Pogba out
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    RORY65 Full Member

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    Presumably this is yet another performance that is due to him being tired or something, that has been the excuse for countless average or poor games since about October. Maybe the first few weeks of the season were the anomaly rather than most of the last 2 and a half years.
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    DWelbz19 Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    It's really bizzare how that one just stayed the go-to reason for so long.
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    RORY65 Full Member

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    In fairness I can understand it to some extent as he was really good in the first few games and he does look quite laboured a lot of the time but there are posts in this thread after the Huddersfield league game in October excusing him by saying he was tired and it's been repeated a lot since (largely because he has seldom been that good).
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