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Man Utd midfielder Matic explains approach to facing Bournemouth

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic admits he has a special approach to playing at empty stadiums.

United host Bournemouth later today.

"I try to imagine the stadium is full," insisted the Serbian. “It's strange and not good for us [playing behind closed doors]. We like to play in front of our supporters because they sing during the 90 minutes and that gives you more motivation and you give more. But the situation is like this and we have to adapt and it's the same for everyone.

"I try to look to our Directors' Box [at Old Trafford] because there are a few people in there! [Laughs] We will give our best to win every game, if it's possible, and, hopefully next season, we can play in front of our supporters and be back to normal.

“The Premier League is very hard, anyone can beat anyone, and it cannot surprise me because I've been here a long time and I've seen many things and anything is possible," he added, when asked about the test Bournemouth will pose.

“They're a good team and, in the last few years, they have played some amazing football and won a lot of big games against big opponents. We will prepare for that game as we do for every game and we will try to give our best with a lot of respect for them, but we know our quality and what we have to do."

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