Manchester United are ‘desperate’ and ‘ready’ to return to action against Newcastle, reveals Nemanja Matic, with Red Devils forced to wait 16 days after a Covid outbreak saw two fixtures postponed
- Manchester United resume their Premier League campaign against Newcastle
- The club have now been out of action for 16 days after a coronavirus outbreak
- Fixtures against Brentford and Brighton were postponed as a result of the cases
Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic admits the team can’t wait to face Newcastle on Monday – after an enforced break lasting 16 days.
A Covid outbreak forced United to postpone fixtures against Brentford and Brighton but the squad resumed training last week in advance of their trip to St James’ Park.
‘Of course, we are desperate to play,’ admitted Matic. ‘As you know we had some issues with Covid. Finally, we are all back. We are ready.
Nemanja Matic has admitted Manchester United are looking forward to returning to action
‘Sometimes it’s good to have a break but it’s never good time to have Covid. We prefer to play.’
New manager Ralf Rangnick is unbeaten in the three matches he’s had at United against Crystal Palace, Young Boys and Norwich, conceding just one goal.
‘We understand his ideas and what he wants to play,’ said Matic. ‘It’s a bit of everything, not just pressing.
‘You must be physically ready and play well tactically. We have enough talent in the squad to understand quickly and play how he wants.
Ralf Rangnick’s side take on Newcastle next, after a 16-day absence following a Covid outbreak
Matic has said United are ‘desperate’ to play, and also says the top four remains their target
Newcastle are struggling at the bottom and have won only once this season but Matic, who first played in the Premier League more than a decade ago for Chelsea, says competition is stronger than ever throughout the division.
‘Now there are a lot of teams who see their chance to win. All teams have improved a lot and buy top-class players. The Premier League is very hard to play, more than 15 years ago,’ he said.
‘We want to finish of course in the top four and to win the Champions League and the FA Cup. We will see but that’s our target.
‘These games we are favourites but we must show it on the pitch. Newcastle are in a bad position but they are a big club with big players and they will fight to stay in the league.’