Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic believes Wednesday’s return to Old Trafford will mark another important step on the road to being ready for the new Premier League season.
The Serbian is anticipating another good workout for the Reds, who will play in front of home fans for the first time since a limited crowd of 10,000 watched Edinson Cavani score a worldie in May’s 1-1 draw with Fulham.
Another team from West London will provide the opposition in midweek, in a game that will be shown live on MUTV.
“On Wednesday, we have another good match, against Brentford, so we have to keep working to see where we can improve,” said Matic, after captaining United in Saturday’s friendly defeat to Queens Park Rangers.
“We still have a lot of friendlies to play before the season starts and hopefully we will be ready for the Leeds game.”
Before that opener to the competitive campaign on 14 August, United will also face Preston North End away – next Saturday, 31 July – and Everton at home again on Saturday 7 August. As per the meetings with Derby County and QPR, all the pre-season games will be shown exclusively live on MUTV.
The mix of experienced professionals and exciting prospects in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s line-up is set to evolve with each fixture that comes along, as the international players make their way back from holidays delayed by their involvement in the latter stages of Euro 2020 and Copa America.
In the meantime, Matic is happy to be a guiding influence for the younger members of the pre-season squad and is looking forward to seeing how they cope with the next test on the itinerary, against newly promoted Brentford.
“The kids now understand what they have to do in senior football,” said Matic, following Saturday’s loss for a largely young team still on the learning curve.
“For some of these guys maybe it was their first or second game for Man United in senior football so of course they’re going to remember this. I have to say they worked really well. It’s a great experience for them and I wish them all the best for the future.
“It’s a good start for them and we will see what they’re able to do in the future for our club.”