Former Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has offered an insight into the lack of discipline during his time at the club by naming Jadon Sancho and Paul Pogba as frequent culprits for reporting late to training.
Matic, who left United in 2022, says lateness was a perennial issue during his time at the club, so much so that he collected about £75,000 in player fines in one single season.
“At Chelsea, players acted professionally, they were punctual and were never late for training but at United it happened almost every day,” Matic, who is now at Roma, told YouTube channel YU Planet.
“Among the players who would always be late were Paul Pogba and Jadon Sancho and a couple of other players.
“The rest of us who were always on time were angry so we decided to form a kind of an internal disciplinary committee with me serving as its president.
“I put a sheet of paper up on the wall where I documented the names of individuals arriving late. During one particular season we collected around £75,000 in fines.
“We had planned to use the money to throw a party in London but we didn’t due to the Covid outbreak.”
‘Too many bad attitudes’
Alan Shearer, the former Newcastle and England striker, said at the weekend there were “too many bad eggs” and “too many bad attitudes” in the United team, following their 1-0 defeat at St James’ Park.
Shearer was particularly scathing of the defensive efforts of Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho.
Speaking on Match Of The Day, Shearer said: “They [Newcastle] absolutely battered Man United in wide areas. [Kieran] Trippier and [Tino] Livramento were sensational against [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka and [Diogo] Dalot.
“In their defence, they got no help whatsoever from Garnacho and Rashford.
“Rashford didn’t look at it at all – didn’t look interested. It happened so many times. Newcastle created so many chances and they should have had many goals.
“For me, there are too many bad eggs in that Man United team. Too many bad attitudes.
“It’s alright when things are going well for you, you can get your feet on the ball, play and pick your head up when things are nice and rosy.
“When it’s not going for you, when you’re a bit tired and you’ve got to roll your sleeves up, there’s not enough characters in that team.”