Nemanja Matic: Man Utd ‘can fight for Premier League & Champions League with right signings’

Manchester United can « fight for the title and the Champions League » with the right signings this summer, says midfielder Nemanja Matic.

United lost the FA Cup final 1-0 to Chelsea on Saturday and finished second in the Premier League, 19 points behind Manchester City.

That came after spending £148m on transfers last summer, including big-money signings Matic and Romelu Lukaku.

Matic said players with « experience » are needed to « bring more qualities ».

« The only team who is better than us this year is Manchester City, » said the Serbia international, 29.

« Obviously they play amazing football. But we are second and we are in the Champions League next year, which is the most important thing. »

United have spent £261.67m over the past two seasons – £98.37m less than City – with a then world record £89m fee paid for midfielder Paul Pogba in 2016.

Striker Lukaku joined for £75m last summer and Matic moved to Old Trafford for £40m.

There were also other expensive deals, including moves for Victor Lindelof and fellow centre-back Eric Bailly, while forward Alexis Sanchez moved from Arsenal in January.

« We need some players with some experience to bring some more qualities to our team, » added former Chelsea player Matic.

« After that, we can fight for the title and the Champions League also. I think that we have improved. »

United last won the title in 2013 in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge and have since finished seventh, fourth, fifth and sixth, before their second-placed finish this season.




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