Nemanja Matic frustrated by Manchester United role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Manchester United's Nemanja Matic during the Premier League match against Leicester at Old Trafford
Image: Nemanja Matic has fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic admits he has become frustrated sitting on the bench this season.

Matic, the 31-year-old midfielder who joined United from Chelsea for £40m in 2017, made his first start of the season in Saturday's 1-0 home win over Leicester, coming in for the injured Paul Pogba.

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But, up until this weekend, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, had been favouring a midfield pivot of Pogba and Scott McTominay.

"Of course [it has been frustrating]," Matic said. "I want to play, I always give my best for the team.

"The coach is the man who picks the team and when you are on the bench you are not happy, but I am trying to convince him to change his mind and pick me to play.

"The season is long. [Against Leicester] as you saw I played, and we won the game.

"I am happy so we will see in the future what the coach will decide.

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"I am ready. In the last 10 years I have played in a high level and every game I try to do my best to help the team because I think I am a team player and I can help a lot I think."

Put to Matic that he does not seem the kind of person to knock on a manager's door, he said: "No, I never did that.

"I show my quality on the pitch, in training sessions and in games. This is not my way to fight for the place."

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