“We are all united. When we win we are all together and when we lose we are all together.”
By Oliver Yew
Last Updated: 05/11/18 6:16pm
Nemanja Matic has dismissed suggestions of divisions in the Manchester United dressing room, saying the club is “united” ahead of the Manchester derby against Manchester City, which is live on Sky Sports on Sunday.
In recent months there have been reports of player unrest at Old Trafford with hints of a split between the squad and manager Jose Mourinho.
However, Matic has denied those claims, saying the squad is together and working hard to improve their fortunes in the Premier League.
“We are all united,” the 30-year-old said. “When we win we are all together and when we lose we are all together.
“It’s not true what the media are writing. We are working hard and we will continue like this.
“The Manchester United name obligates us to be professionals and try to turn the situation as soon as possible and this is exactly what we are doing.”
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Matic also backed Mourinho after what has been a difficult few months for the Manchester United manager.
United remain outside of the Premier League’s top four after their early-season struggles but a run of four league games without defeat has eased the pressure on Mourinho.
And Matic, who also worked with Mourinho at Chelsea, thinks the Premier League is much more interesting league with the Portuguese manager in it.
“He’s a great person, the Serbia international said. “He’s a different man outside the job and off the pitch.
“He does have a lot of pressure though because everyone expects him only to win. When we don’t win everyone is waiting to see his reaction. He likes to win and when we don’t win we are hiding from him at the training ground.
“He’s happy when he’s winning but when we lose, like every manager, he wants us to do better. He tries to find a way to be winning as soon as possible.
“One thing is for sure that since he’s been in the Premier League he’s changed a lot in the league. The Premier League has become more interesting with him.”
Watch the Manchester derby between Manchester City and Manchester United live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event from 4.15pm on Sunday.