A graphic produced by Sky Sports (Via Opta) today has accurately highlighted just how crucial midfielder Nemanja Matic has been for Manchester United so far this season.
29-year-old Serbian star Matic arrived at Old Trafford in a surprise move from Premier League rivals Chelsea this summer, for a fee thought to be in the region of £40 million.
The former Benfica man has since been lauded for his impressive start with the Red Devils, with his penchant for breaking up the attacks of opposing teams having given the likes of Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan free licence to get forward at will.
This has translated into an excellent start to the season for Jose Mourinho’s side, who have failed to win just one of their six fixtures so far, a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Stoke City.
Though Matic has been hailed for his performances in Manchester thus far, his contributions at times tend to slip under the radar when compared to the flashy, goal-filled showings of the likes of Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.
However, few will fail to grasp just how key Matic has been to his side’s fortunes so far this season when they lay eyes on the following graphic produced by Sky Sports today:
Absolute midfield dominance from the Serbian enforcer.