Nemanja Matic has enjoyed a good start to his life at Manchester United and the midfielder expressed his delight to play in the same club as his childhood hero Roy Keane.
The 29-year-old swapped Chelsea for the Red Devils in the summer transfer window as the Serbian international reunited with his former manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. Keane, who is a United legend, is currently the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland.
Keane will on the sidelines when the Republic of Ireland take on Serbia. Matic is eagerly waiting to meet the former United captain and is looking forward to have a chat with the ex-United hardman.
"I will be happy to see him and have a chat with him. He is a legend of Man United and was a very important player for them for a long time," Matic was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
"When I was young, when I started playing football, he was at his best and was a great player, one of the best midfielders in the Premier League."
"I tried to take from every player something good to improve myself, and he was one. I am happy now that I play in the same club as he played."
United have started the 2017/18 season with three wins in three matches. Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson has backed Mourinho's side to win the title "comfortably," if they can maintain their good form for the rest of the season.
Matic, however, has played down the suggestions that the 20-time English champions are one of the firm contenders for the title this campaign.
"We will see. It is too early to say that because we have just played three games. It is true that we have started well with three games, nine points without conceding a goal, so I am happy because of that," the former Chelsea star stressed.
"But the season is very long and there are many games. We will see at the end of May where we are.
"What I can say is that I am happy that I am part of such a big club like Manchester United. I am very focused to do my job for the national team against Ireland."
"If I win the Premier League with Manchester, that would be something great in my life. But I repeat again, it's still a long way to go."