Football News

“They are too young to lead” – Man Utd lack maturity to win title says Matic

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 14:01, 29 July 2019

Nemanja Matic has urged Manchester United fans to be patient with their young players ahead of the new season.

The 30-year-old has won the Premier League title with Chelsea twice in his career and believes that United possess the necessary quality to give him his third trophy. However, the Serb has insisted that the team needs to add experience before those aspirations can become a reality.

A new era at Old Trafford: Five things to know…

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear that he wants young players to lead his United side.
  • The Red Devils have already added two youngsters to their team in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.
  • The likes of Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood have had a lot of game-time in pre-season.
  • They join Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as United’s leading young players.
  • However, Matic believes a lack of experience in the squad could hamper their title chances.

The likes of Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay and Angel Gomes have featured heavily this summer, and while Matic has tipped the academy products to lead the club further down the line, he has questioned the immediate influence they can bring this forthcoming season.

Speaking to the media, Matic said: “Quality and experience brings you the title. In this squad, we have quality and no experience.

“We have five or six top players, but they are still young like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. They have shown their quality on the pitch but they are too young to lead the team of course.

“Mason Greenwood, great potential. United have a project and know what they want with players of the future. But you need to give them time because, at 17, you cannot play the same like you are 26 or 27.

“Football always wants results but the fans need to be patient so they can improve. In the future, I am sure these players will take United back where they belong.”

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What’s the target for United next season?

Despite a strong second half of the season, United were still only able to muster a sixth-place finish.

However, given their horrific start, this was no mean feat. They were certainly in the hunt for the top four for long spells of the season and, had they started how they finished, they would have comfortably achieved Champions League football.

Solskjaer and Co will surely be targeting Europe’s elite competition this coming season. With Liverpool and Manchester City seemingly light years ahead of the rest of the pack, United fans need to be realistic with their aspirations.

The core of their team is very young. Rashford, Greenwood, Wan-Bissaka, and Martial are all yet to reach their prime and will likely do so at Old Trafford. If these players develop how they should, the future could be bright.