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Matic calls for experienced signings to improve United

By Mark Mann-Bryans

Nemanja Matic believes Manchester United must target experience in the transfer market this summer to give themselves the best possible chance of avoiding another season without a trophy.

The Red Devils lost Saturday's FA Cup final 1-0 to Matic's former club Chelsea as Eden Hazard's first-half penalty was enough to settle the contest.

That means Jose Mourinho was unable to add to the EFL Cup and Europa League double from his first campaign in charge.

United did finish second in the Premier League, their best placing since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013, but they were a massive 19 points behind their neighbours Manchester City.

Mourinho has been backed heavily since his arrival, bringing in the likes of Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Romelu Lukaku and Matic for big money, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez were signed on massive contracts.

But midfielder Matic believes more is required if United are to compete fully next season.

"I think we need some players with some experience to bring some more qualities to our team," Matic said.

"After that, we can fight for the title and the Champions League also. I think that we have improved. As you know, United last year were sixth. The year before that, fifth.

"So we improve, we are second. The only team who is better than us this year is Man City. Obviously, they play amazing football. But we are second and we are in the Champions League next year".

While Matic wants to see new recruits ahead of next season, the Serbia international admits the pressure will also be on the whole squad to deliver success.

"Of course, this is football," he said, when asked if there was more pressure because of the lack of silverware.

"When you don't win one year the next year (there) is always more pressure.

"When you play for the club, Manchester United, it is a normal thing and we have to accept that and deal with that."

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