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Nemanja Matic takes the blame for Man Utd defeat at Everton

By William Eldridge

Published: 14:45, 22 April 2019

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has taken responsibility for his side’s 4-0 thumping away to Everton on Sunday.

The embarrassing performance saw Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott all net for the Toffees as they confined United to their worst defeat of the season.

Was Matic to blame? Five things you need to know…

  1. Man Utd’s Premier League season has been largely disappointing since they lost two of their opening three games of the campaign.
  2. They are currently a massive 24 points behind league leaders and arch-rivals Liverpool.
  3. Their defeat against Everton was their eighth loss of the season.
  4. United have lost three of their last five league games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
  5. United are now two points behind Arsenal and Chelsea – who sit in fourth and fifth – and three behind third-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking to reporters following United’s poor showing against Marco Silva’s side on Sunday afternoon, former Chelsea midfielder Matic took responsibility for his team’s defeat.

Citing a lack of leaders on the pitch, the Serbian said that he should have stepped up and taken control of the game but admitted that he had failed to do so.

“The biggest problem was that we didn’t have leaders on the pitch,” Matic, 30, told Stadium Astro.

“In this case me, because I’m one of the most experienced guys in the team so if we don’t win that battle in the middle, for our team it is difficult to play.

“If someone is to be blamed for this game it is me. I think that I’m most responsible because I’m one of the most experienced guys in the changing room.”

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Top-four race hots up

With Liverpool and Manchester City battling it out for the Premier League title, there are still four teams competing to ensure they occupy the other two spaces in the top four.

Tottenham currently sit in third, having been involved in the title race up until a month or two ago, but defeat away to Manchester City on Saturday gave the other sides an opportunity to close the gap.

However, no-one was able to do that, including arch-rivals Arsenal, who were overwhelmed by a resilient Crystal Palace, with Roy Hodgson’s side leaving the Emirates Stadium with all three points.

With United also losing, it is now down to Chelsea to see if they can pick up maximum points and take advantage of their top-four rivals’ poor results.

Maurizio Sarri’s side host Burnley on Monday night.