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Matic backs Solskjaer's Man Utd youth movement despite limited role

01:53 GMT+3 16/09/2019
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The Serbia international made his first start of the season in Saturday's Premier League win over Leicester but says he's happy for the young players

Nemanja Matic has said it’s a positive that Manchester United are blooding so many youngsters, despite it limiting his own playing time.

The central midfielder made his first start of the Premier League campaign in Saturday’s game with Leicester City, which the Red Devils won 1-0.

He has lost out on a starting berth, with Scott McTominay starting in his stead. McTominay is one of several youngsters to get lots of game-time this year, with 21-year-olds Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James chief among those to feature.

Matic says he thinks those players have earned the right to start and them getting minutes bodes well for the future of the club.

“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.

“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.

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

Before the season started Matic said that the youngsters needed experienced players alongside them.

Despite his limited opportunities he still thinks he has a lot to offer the club going forward.

“Of course, I want to play. I always give my best for the team.

“The coach is the man who picks the team and when you are on the bench you are not happy, but I am doing my best to change his mind and persuade him to put me on the pitch.

“The season is long, today as you saw I played and we won the game, I am happy so we will see in the future what the coach decides. I am ready.

“In the last ten years I have played in a high level and I have tried my best to help the team because I think I am a team player and I can help a lot I think.”