Nemanja Matic has insisted that Manchester United ‘will come back’ but has urged patience from fans ahead of his final game for the club on Sunday.
Matic recently confirmed his plan to leave United at the end of contract this summer, having spent five years at Old Trafford after joining from Chelsea in 2017.
Despite high expectations of a strong 2021/22 campaign last summer, United have struggled badly and will record their lowest ever Premier League points tally regardless of what happens against Crystal Palace in the weekend’s final game of the season.
“I know that we have had a couple of difficult seasons but I just want the fans to know that, at the training ground, we’re doing our best, and United will come back, for sure,” Matic told the club’s official website in a parting message.
“It’s going to take some time but United will be back. Keep supporting the team. Stay together.”
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The 33-year-old himself has had a positive reaction in recent weeks, particularly during the final home game of the season earlier this month – his last at Old Trafford.
“I think the fans recognise what I’m doing on the pitch. Also, off the pitch, I try to be an example,” he said. “I tried to be a Manchester United player not only on the pitch but also off the pitch. I know what this badge means to our supporters, so you need to be an example not only on the pitch.
“I think they recognise that and that’s why, when I came off, I had that applause I had.”