Football: Manchester United's Matic gets a street in his Serbian home town named after him

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has given back to local football club Jedinstvo Ub, where he played in his youth, and financed the construction of an artificial grass pitch.
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has given back to local football club Jedinstvo Ub, where he played in his youth, and financed the construction of an artificial grass pitch. PHOTO: REUTERS/ACTION IMAGES

BELGRADE (AFP) - Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic had a street named after him in Ub, a municipality in central Serbia where he was born, a local official said on Wednesday.

"The decision has been taken, we are awaiting that Nemanja Matic gives his approval to implement it," a municipal official told AFP.

Matic, born in the village of Vrelo, just next to Ub, some 60km west of Belgrade, has never forgotten his roots.

The 29-year-old has given back to local football club Jedinstvo Ub, where he played in his youth, and financed the construction of an artificial grass pitch.

Matic, a two-time English Premier League champion, joined United ahead of the 2017-18 season and was reunited with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.