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Nemanja Matic: Solskjaer must bear responsibility if United falter

Out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to hold himself responsible, if the club are not in the running for the English Premier League title this season.

Serbian Matic, a fixture in United's midfield since his move from Chelsea in 2017, has played only 22 minutes this season after making one appearance as a substitute.

United, who last won the league title in 2013, are eighth in the table after four games and trail leaders Liverpool by seven points.

"The coach must opt for the team that will fight for the title and, if he does not win, he bears the responsibility," Matic said, ahead of Serbia's Euro qualifier against Portugal on Sunday morning (Singapore time).

"I have been in football for a long time, I have played almost all the games for all the clubs in the last 10 years.

"In order for me to play, one had to sit on the bench and accept that fact, and so do I now."

Solskjaer has picked 22-year-old Scott McTominay to partner Paul Pogba in central midfield in their first four games, from which they have one win, one loss and two draws.

Matic, 31, said he respected the decision but was determined to prove to the Norwegian manager that he belonged in the starting line-up.

"In the first two or three games, he picked the team without me," Matic added.

"I work as hard as I can. We respect the decision, it's up to me to show him that he was wrong and to bring me back to where I belong.

"There is no problem. I told him I disagreed with him but that he had to decide the team."

United return to league action after the international break when they host unbeaten Leicester City on Sept 14. - REUTERS