Sun 25 September 2022 | 13:46

Matic reacts to Roy Keane's criticism: "You can't throw a punch now!"

Earlier, the United legend took a dig at the midfielder saying the signings like Matic have brought down the "standards at the club". The Serbian hits back at Keane telling the football have changed.

After his release from Manchester United,

Nemanja Matic

reconnected with Jose Mourinho at

AS Roma

, releasing a long statement declaring his love for both of his former clubs, Manchester United and Chelsea.


Red Devils

’ icon took a dig at the Serbian’s comments, calling him a hypocrite. He said:

"Where's the standards at the club? Where's the desire to keep going, keep going until the end?

"The players, Matic talking about 'I'm leaving, I've had a great time... Man United will always be in my heart, oh and Chelsea as well, by the way, oh and Benfica - don't forget them'. They can't all be in your heart."


Speaking to

the Times

, the Serbia international responded to

Roy Keane

’s comments:

"I have respect for what he has done but he needs to understand that football has changed. If I played for Chelsea, I cannot say I hate them. I cannot be angry when I’m talking to the press after the game.

"The way he behaved on pitch, 70 percent of it is a red card today. You cannot throw a punch when all the cameras in the world are there. The real hero is when you go out on the street and say something, but he was always very nice to me, so what he says in public, to be honest, I don’t really care. I know what I’ve done in my career and I’m very happy."


On social media criticism aimed at his former teammate

Harry Maguire

, the Serbian added:

“What people are doing to him, it is a disaster. Everything has to have limits and some of these people writing on social media, they don’t have their own lives so they just have to write bad things about someone else.”



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source: the Times

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