Reds need ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers to bridge gap at top

Glossop Advertiser - - Sport - Ciaran Kelly

NE­MANJA Matic has urged United to buy play­ers with ‘some ex­pe­ri­ence’ in a bid to chal­lenge City for the ti­tle.

Jose Mour­inho’s side have fin­ished the sea­son tro­phy­less af­ter their FA Cup final de­feat to Chelsea on Satur­day.

United were knocked out of the Cham­pi­ons League in the last 16 by Sevilla and suf­fered a shock de­feat to Bris­tol City in the Carabao Cup quar­ter-fi­nals ear­lier in the sea­son.

The Reds did im­prove their league po­si­tion, though, jump­ing from sixth place to sec­ond in a year, but they still fin­ished a whop­ping 19 points be­hind ri­vals City.

United have been linked with Toby Alder­weireld, Alex San­dro, Fred and Wil­lian in re­cent weeks.

And, Matic, a two-time ti­tle win­ner, be­lieves the club needs to re­cruit a par­tic­u­lar pro­file of player this sum­mer.

“I think we need some play­ers with some ex­pe­ri­ence with some more qual­i­ties to add to our team,” he said.

“Af­ter that, we can fight for the ti­tle and the Cham­pi­ons League also.”

And Matic has de­fended team-mate Phil Jones, who gave away the de­ci­sive penalty at Wem­b­ley on Satur­day.

“This is football. Ev­ery­one can make a mis­take,” he said.

“He worked for sure to do the best for the team - he al­ways fights for the team.

“I can’t blame him be­cause he al­ways gives 100 per cent.

“He needs to for­get and be fo­cused on the next chal­lenge.”

●● Ne­manja Matic of Manch­ester United

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