Nemanja Matic has signed an extended deal with Manchester United which could see him remain with the club until 2023.
The Serbian previously struggled to break into the starting XI at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but has been revitalised since the Premier League recommenced after the pandemic, flourishing in his deep midfield role.
Matic largely received his opportunity in midfield due to injuries to the likes of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, but has taken advantage to become a vital player in their late-season quest to qualify for the Champions League.
After coming off the bench against Spurs, the former Chelsea star has started every match in the league for United, including the weekend’s entertaining 5-2 home win against Bournemouth, with an assist for Mason Greenwood and an overall solid outing earning him a 8.0 FC Rating.
Manager Solskjaer is happy that the Serbian will remain with the club long-term.
"I am delighted that Nemanja has signed a new contract, I know his experience, professionalism and leadership will be invaluable to this young talented group,” Solskjaer told the official Man Utd website.
"We have great strength in midfield and Nemanja's attributes are a key part of that. Nemanja has been here for three seasons now and really understands the values of playing for Manchester United.
“He remains hugely ambitious and determined which will be vital as we look to achieve our aims over the coming years.”
The Red Devils are currently fifth in the Premier League table, two points behind Chelsea in fourth, with their next fixture coming away against Aston Villa on Thursday.