Monday, September 16, 2019

Nemanja Matic has publicly backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to invest in young players despite his philosophy impacting his own career.

Matic was handed his first Premier League start of the season in Manchester United's 1-0 win over Leicester at the weekend as Solskjaer has decided to put his faith in Scott McTominay.

With Paul Pogba injured, Matic was given the opportunity to line up alongside McTominay in United's engine room after starting on the bench in the four previous league games.

And despite his apparent demotion, Matic is backing Solskjaer to continue to field youngsters if they are good enough.

The 31-year-old, speaking to Manchester Evening News, said: 'I think in this season the people from the club they can see who is ready to play already in a high level.

'It doesn't matter if they are 18 or 25 or 35 we can see who is ready and who is not and who will be important for the future. I am happy for them. I like to see young players on the pitch and hopefully they can bring us some fresh energy for the rest of the season.

'I don't believe in age, good players or bad players. It doesn't matter if you are 18 or 35, so I think who played today deserved to play.

'The most important thing was the team took three points and what we did today is great and I am happy for the young players, they get the opportunity to play here, it’s not always the case in big clubs, and Manchester United is giving opportunities to the guys who grew up here in the academy.

'And that’s good because in big clubs they don’t always get opportunities because of the pressure and the results and because everyone wants to win.'

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (21), Andreas Pereira (23), Scott McTominay (22), Daniel James (21) and Marcus Rashford (21) all started on Saturday.

Solskjaer also had a youthful bench with Axel Tuanzebe (21) and Tahith Chong (19) both coming on.


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