Matic welcomes Man Utd focus on youth, but wants game time

LONDON (AFP) – Nemanja Matic is excited to see young talent getting a chance at Manchester United but hopes there is also room for experience as he looks for more game time.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men ended a three-match winless run by overcoming previously unbeaten Leicester at Old Trafford last Saturday night.

The match saw United fielding 21-year-olds Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with Andreas Pereira, 23, and Scott McTominay, 22, also starting.

Tahith Chong, just 19, came off the bench for a United side that has an accent on youth under Solskjaer, something Matic, one of the few older heads, likes to see.

“I don’t believe in age – good players or bad players,” the midfielder, one of three starters in their 30s, said.

“It doesn’t matter if you are 18 or 35, so I think who played today deserved to play.”

“They (young players) get the opportunity to play. It’s not always normal in big clubs that you get that opportunity so young and Manchester United is giving opportunity to the guys and that’s good.”

Energy and options will be needed as United juggle domestic and European commitments.

United kick off their Europa League campaign at home to Astana tomorrow, when Matic will be hoping to make his second start of the season.