Man United trigger £120,000-a-week midfielder contract clause

Red Devils have triggered a clause in Nemanja Matic’s deal that will see the footballer stay at the Theatre of Dreams until the summer of 2021. Serbia international’s deal was due to expire at the end of this campaign, with his future at Old Trafford uncertain, but Man United chiefs have decided to extend his stay in the club.

It’s been a remarkable turnaround for Nemanja, who was out of favour under the Norwegian coach until a midfield injury crisis. With both Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba out for decent stretches of the campaign, Matic stepped in admirably and has been a regular starter in 2020.

Despite the coronavirus outbreak, which could see the campaign extended into the summer months, the Red Devils have decided to keep the 31-year-old midfielder on the books for at least another year, triggering a one-year extension clause in his deal.

Man United, for the time being, will not train at their Carrington training ground complex, following prime minister Boris Johnson’s advice to avoid all non-essential physical contact and travel. Solskjaer and co. are, provisionally, set to return to PL action in April, but a more extensive delay to the campaign is expected in the coming weeks.

The Serbian midfielder is a crucial figure for the national team and also played in the 2018 World Cup. Man United spokesperson said: ‘We continue to review the situation day by day, but in light of the evolving situation and latest governmental guidance the team will now be training individually away from the ATC.’