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‘They don’t get enough praise’ – Nemanja Matic gives verdict on Man Utd duo Fred and Scott McTominay


Scott McTominay and Fred of Manchester United (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Nemanja Matic has leapt to the defence of his Manchester United teammates, insisting Fred and Scott McTominay don’t get the praise they deserve.

All three players have been battling for a starting position in the heart of the team’s midfield in recent seasons with the latter two often the preferred pick under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

However, Fred and McTominay have both endured plenty of criticism of late with fans and pundits left wanting so much more from the pair.

Fred did score the winner in Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge, a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday, with a stunning strike from the edge of the box.

Despite criticism, Matic believes the pair offer a lot to United’s team, both on and off the pitch,

‘I think they are great people, great people for the changing room. They prove a lot game by game,’ he said.

‘They don’t get enough praise, always those who score goals do. They will get what they deserve. They are getting better and better.

Fred celebrates scoring the winner against Crystal Palace (Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

‘They give us stability and will have a bright future.’

Fred or McTominay could be afforded a rest on Wednesday night when United host Young Boys in the Champions League.

Rangnick has already confirmed Donny van de Beek and Dean Henderson will be given rare starts while Edinson Cavani and Raphael Varane remain sidelined through injury.

‘I haven’t finally decided (my team) but it makes sense we will rest a few players due to the crowded fixture list,’ the German said,

‘We need to make sure we have as many recovered players as possible but also need the positive momentum.

‘The first game in this group we lost at Young Boys so we need to make up for that.

‘Well to start with they will both play tomorrow, in the first XI.

‘Donny came on as a sub last Sunday. Dean is a very ambitious ‘keeper, we need two.’


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