Manchester United FC news: ‘Genius’ Matic not among the most prolific tacklers last season

Jose Mourinho was full of praise for Man United’s new signing Nemanja Matic, calling him a ‘genius’ in the way the midfielder thinks.

He needs time to find full fitness according to the manager, but added “we will help him to be ready sooner rather than later.”

It has been said by fans that Matic will be the man to bring the best out of Paul Pogba, freeing both him and Ander Herrera to inflict damage further up the pitch; Matic being the man to do the ‘dirty work’ in front of the defence.

We don’t want to make any Man United or Chelsea fans cry – it has happened – but Nemanja Matic wasn’t actually among the top tacklers last term – that’s what happens when you have N’Golo Kante next to you.

Here’s a list of the players who made the most tackles last season (successful or otherwise)…

Still, he won the Premier League, didn’t he?

Scroll through the gallery to which central midfielders won more tackles than anyone else last season. Stats courtesy of Opta.

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