Ex-Manchester United warrior Nemanja Vidic has added to the chorus of praise for midfield anchorman Nemanja Matic, stating he “would always have” his countryman in his team and that he reminds him of celebrated veteran Michael Carrick.
Matic, 29, has added a calm and experienced presence to the Red Devils line-up since manager Jose Mourinho raided former club Chelsea for the tall Serbia star last July.
The influence of the £40 million (Dh192.7m) signing is shown by the fact his new side boast the Premier League’s joint-meanest defence, with only 16 goals conceded in 24 matches.
His expert displays have not gone unnoticed by Vidic. He used to enjoy iron-clad protection from Carrick – who will join United’s coaching staff next summer when he hangs up his boots – during the majority of his trophy-laden spell at Old Trafford from 2006-14.
“I think he is composed on the ball, he gives balance to the team and control in the middle of the park,” said the 36-year-old, speaking to Sport360° in Dubai to hand over the latest adidas “Cold Blooded” boot pack to the city’s adidas Tango League Captains.
“I think he reminds me of Michael Carrick. This is because you need someone who is the connection between the defenders, midfield and forwards.
“I think he is definitely a player I would always have in my team.”
Matic and Vidic sporadically featured alongside each other for Serbia, from the former’s debut in 2008 to the latter’s international retirement in 2011.
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