(Video) Man Utd fans have got a lot of time for this diagonal through pass from Nemanja Matic against Real Madrid

The missing piece of Mourinho’s midfield?

Nemanja Matic put on a stellar display against Real Madrid as Manchester United went against the European champions in the UEFA Super Cup fixture.

A team which had been crying out last season for a defensive linchpin at the base of their midfield, saw the Serbian take up that mantle in fine fashion.

One moment in particular was noteworthy when running across the pitch, Matic cleverly disguised a diagonal pass in between the Madrid defense line.

United fans loved the improvisation from their new man, who showed why he his much more than just a tough tackling merchant.

Taking up the number 31 vacated by Schweinsteiger, saw the former Chelsea player set up a chance for Romelu Lukaku as he dictated play from deep.

The midfield trio of Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic will be quite a powerhouse this season for the Red devils as they look to improve on their sixth place finish from last season.

Jose Mourinho has been known to create teams with a lot of emphasis on the defensive aspect of their game plan. With that in mind, Matic will be having his work cut out by the Portuguese who clearly believes in the Serbian’s ability to do a job as the midfield pivot this season.

The red half of Manchester can’t get enough of their new arrival it seems. Check out a video of the pass below –

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