Premier League giants Manchester United started off their UEFA Europa League campaign with a 1-0 win over FC Astana at Old Trafford. The captain of the winning team Nemanja Matic is proud not only of his team’s performance on the night but also of being made the captain.

Nemanja Matic had earlier stated that he was desperate to get some more game time in Manchester United colours. He felt as though he was underutilized at Old Trafford and needed more time to prove himself.

Not only did Matic start in the match against Astana, the Serbian International was also given the responsibility of being the captain, in a relatively inexperienced and young Red Devils Manchester United team.

Matic relished the opportunity to be the captain and stated that he would not mind being made the full-time captain.

“It is great to be the captain,” Matic was quoted as saying by MUTV.

“To be the captain of Manchester United is something special, and there is a lot of responsibility. I am very, very proud because of that and I hope that it is not the last time.”

“It is a big responsibility and I am proud of that. There were a lot of young guys in the squad, I think after Sergio Romero I was the oldest in the team.

“It is strange for me, but this is the life,” he concluded.

Manchester United will now be up against West Ham United in the Premier League this weekend.