Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho has revealed that Nemanja Matic will miss the start of the Premier League season after undergoing surgery.
Mourinho disclosed this in his post-match press conference following United’s 4-1 defeat to Liverpool in Saturday’s International Champions Cup in the US.
Matic featured at the 2018 FIFA World Cup for Serbia and has played no part in United’s pre-season games since returning from Russia.
“Matic arrived from the World Cup, holiday, direct to surgery because something happened in the World Cup,” Mourinho told the United’s official website.
“He has had surgery. He is out for the start of the season. He came from the World Cup with the injury and the time he had to rest on holiday was not enough to resolve the problem.”I don’t know how long he will be out for.” Mourinho also went on to lament the absence of some of his key players due to injuries and other reasons. “We play Real Madrid and we have no more players than what we have,” he said. “Antonio Valencia comes from holiday – I think too much holiday for him. His condition was not good when he was back, then injury and also go back. “Anthony Martial has the baby and after the baby is born – beautiful baby, full of health, thank God – he should be here and he is not here. So we have Alexis [Sanchez] and [Juan] Mata who play every minute of every match and now we have Real Madrid and after that Bayern Munich and that’s our start. “I just hope the boys on deserved holidays, they take care of themselves a little bit and I hope somebody wants to do what [Marcus] Rashford and [Phil] Jones decide to do, which is to be back a little bit earlier to try and help the team because for the beginning of the season we are going to be in trouble. “The majority of the players that played are not going to play – some of them are not even going to belong to the squad.”