August 21, 2017 / 10:41 AM / a year ago

Team spirit holds key to Man United flying start, says Matic

REUTERS - Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is enjoying the positive dressing room atmosphere at his new club and believes that such team spirit will help the club cope with pressure over a long season.

Football Soccer - Premier League - Manchester United vs West Ham United - Manchester, Britain - August 13, 2017 Manchester United's Nemanja Matic during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Andrew Yates/files

United have won each of their first two Premier League games 4-0 and are top of the table on goal difference. Their dominance against West Ham United and Swansea City earned praise and fuelled fans’ hopes of a first league title since 2013. .

Matic, who joined United from champions Chelsea in July, played a key part in Jose Mourinho’s side picking up consecutive victories and the Serbian credits the results to the players’ unity off the pitch rather than individual performances.

“It’s just the beginning of the season, but I am confident,” Matic said.

“It’s always special when you play for Manchester United and there is always pressure, but we are ready to cope with that.”

United will return to the Champions League next month after winning the Europa League in May.

“The group is great, we are all friends in the changing room and that’s very important. The season is long, so we have to have a good group, have good communication, and this team has that. I’m happy to be a part of this.”

Matic says the team are not becoming overconfident after notching two wins and are looking ahead to Saturday’s match against Leicester City, champions in 2015-16.

“We’re not getting carried away... we’re two games into the season and we’ve got another tough game against Leicester City next week, which won’t be easy. I’m just pleased to be playing,” Matic added.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Keith Weir

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