Man Utd star Nemanja Matic issues apology to supporters and fires Liverpool warning

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Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has apologised to the club’s supporters after they fell to an emphatic 4-2 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday afternoon. The fixture marked the beginning of an extremely tough run of games for the Red Devils, but the Serbian claims that they are still in the title race despite more strong showings from the likes of Liverpool. 

Matic was given a rare chance to start on Saturday, although that is where the happiness ended for the 33-year-old at the King Power Stadium.

It was honours even for much of the game after Mason Greenwood and Youri Tielemans notched a screamer apiece, but a frantic final 15 minutes fell the Foxes’ way.

Late goals from Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka meant dejection for United players after the final whistle, and serious questions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who must now ready his side for a torrid run of fixtures.

They conceded crucial ground in a competitive title race, but Matic, who has been the subject of Barcelona links this weekend, has his own feelings on the current state of play.

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“We are sorry for them [the supporters]. They support us, especially away [and] they are top,” he told the club’s official website.

“They deserve much, much better than this. We will do our best to make them happy in the future.

“But we have 14 points – we are still in the title race. We don’t want to give up until the end.

“Of course, we are disappointed. Everyone is sad, everyone is with their head down at the moment.

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“But when you play for Man United, if you don’t win the game of course you are disappointed, but we have to stick together.

“We are very disappointed, but I think that, in the future, we will show we are much better than this.

“They created a lot of chances. So we have to be honest; we have to say that they deserved to win.

“Sometimes you have to say when the opponent was better, and to see where we can improve, what we have to do better. Because I’m sure our team is much better than this.”

They are tough circumstances for Solskjaer’s side to show improvement, with crunch fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester City and others coming up over the next few weeks.

The Norwegian will have to pull a big result out of somewhere to shrug off speculation over his future in the United hotseat.

Perhaps more urgently, performances need to show a dramatic improvement to avoid being badly turned over by one of the Premier League’s in-form sides.

Matic has not given up hope, but it will be a tough task to keep spirits high unless things improve over the coming matches.

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