Man Utd outcast Nemanja Matic says he agrees with key Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decision

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic insisted he is happy to see the young players at the club progressing through to the first team.

Matic has found opportunities in the first-team hard to come by so far this season.

The Serbian made his first start of the Premier League season on Saturday against Leicester in United’s 1-0 win.

So far this campaign, the holding midfielder has been demoted to the bench in favour of Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba.

But after Pogba suffered an injury against Southampton, he was forced out of the team, and was unable to play against Leicester.

That injury made room for Matic to come into the team, and he put in a solid performance as United secured their second win of the campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prioritising youth players this year – much like his counterpart at Chelsea, Frank Lampard – and has handed first team opportunities to the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Tahiti Chong, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood.

And Matic explained that he is in favour of Solskjaer’s decision to use younger players.

“I think in this season the people from the club they can see who is ready to play already in a high level,” he said.

“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.

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“I don’t believe in age, good players or bad players,” he said.

“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.”



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