Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic fires warning to team-mates after worst season in years

Photo/TheMirror Nemanja Matic admits Manchester United cannot afford a repeat of last season’s shambolic campaign. United sacked Jose Mourinho in December finished in the sixth place of Premier League table and lost the chance to qualify for next season’s Champions League. It was their joint-worst position since coming seventh in 2013/14 season, the season after Sir Alex Ferguson left the club. “We need to be focused from the first day, to prepare physically and to be ready mentally for the season which is in front of us,” said Matic. “We must think positively. We want to win trophies, so I think everyone needs to be ready. “The mood is always great. But last summer, because we had the World Cup, we had a shorter holiday and didn’t have as much time to rest. This time I think we will have more days off, so I think by the start of July we’ll be in a good mood. "I’ve had many hard pre-season, especially when I started playing football in Serbia. We had some old-school coaches [in Serbia], one month without the ball, just running. I don’t think Ole will do the same.”

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