Nemanja Matic has praised Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for placing his faith in the club’s young talent this season.
United moved into the Premier League‘s top four following their 1-0 win over Leicester this weekend, with Marcus Rashford’s penalty securing a vital win for Solskjaer’s side.
Rashford was one of three academy graduates, alongside Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay, to start the contest, whilst Axel Tuanzebe and Tahith Chong also featured from the substitutes bench.
Summer signings Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, both just 21, also started for Solskjaer’s youthful looking side, and Matic has praised the United’s boss for handing opportunities to the club’s developing talent this season.
‘I think in this season the people from the club they can see who is ready to play already in a high level,’ Matic told the MEN.
‘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 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.’
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 14, 2019