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Matic accepts blame for United’s mauling at Goodison Park

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Nemanja Matic disclosed he was the architect of Manchester United’s problem in their 4-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Solskjaer’s speech about the player’s reality check appeared to backfire when the team travelled to Goodison Park to return to winning ways after losing 3-0 to Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

However, the United squad failed to turn up as high flying Everton romped to an emphatic 4-0 victory to condemn the Red Devils to their fifth consecutive away defeat in all competitions.

Speaking after the game, Matic admitted he was part of the calamitous defeat after allowing Gylfi Sigurdsson to score from 20 yards.

“Many things didn’t work for us today,” he told TV2. “First of all, our approach.

“I think that the most experienced guys, in this case, me, didn’t play well today. So I don’t think we need to blame the young guys today. I was the biggest problem.

“In these kinds of games, you have to win the battle in the middle, then the team can play better football. We didn’t do that.”

United remain in the hunt for a place in the top four after both Tottenham and Arsenal lost over the weekend.

They face Manchester City at Old Trafford on Wednesday, and Matic confirmed the players had a pep talk on how to put things right.

“We had one small meeting,” Matic said. “We will try to do better in the next few days. We have a big game against Manchester City, so we will see if we’re ready.

“We’ll keep it behind the doors, but I think it was a good meeting.”