Former Man Utd star says players collected £75,000 in lateness fines, reveals two main culprits

Nemanja Matić has opened up on a serious lateness issue during a particular season at Manchester United.
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Former Manchester United star Nemanja Matić has revealed the nature of some disciplinary issues during his time at Old Trafford.

The midfielder, who left the club in 2022 to sign for Roma, named Paul Pogba and Jadon Sancho as the two main culprits who would show up late to training. Speaking on YouTube channel YU Planet, Matić compared the situation — which was apparently a regular occurrence — to his time at Chelsea, which frustrated the rest of the United team.

He said: "At Chelsea, players acted professionally, they were punctual and were never late for training but at United it happened almost every day. Among the players who would always be late were Paul Pogba and Jadon Sancho and couple of other players.

"The rest of us who were always on time were angry so we decided to form a kind of an internal disciplinary committee with me serving as its president. I put a sheet of paper up on the wall where I documented the names of individuals arriving late. During one particular season we collected around £75,000 in fines."

Matić said the team planned to use the money collected to throw a party in London, but due to Covid-19 restrictions they didn't get round to it.

Pogba enjoyed two spells at Old Trafford but left United last year during the same window as Matić. Sancho is still with the Reds but has been frozen out of Erik ten Hag's first team and their training due to his public disagreement with the manager earlier this season.

The forward has made just three appearances this term and recent reports have claimed that United are now prepared to listen to offers from other clubs in order to offload him. Sancho signed for the Reds in 2021 for a fee of £73 million but the reports say the club are willing to accept much less than this to sell him on.