Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has discussed how to get the best out of the club’s youngsters and hailed Scott McTominay as a future star.
McTominay was called up to the United first team by Jose Mourinho during the club’s pre-season tour where he had an opportunity to stake his claim on the year to come.
The young Scotsman impressed and was quickly a part of the senior squad alongside fellow academy product Axel Tuanzebe.
Since then, Scott has had a decent amount of minutes this season, appearing in the Premier League and Champions league when deemed fit by Mourinho.
Supporters have so far been encouraged by the youngster’s composure, tackling and mobility on the field, hailing his partnership with Matic who discussed his teammate’s future.
According to Manchester United’s official website, Nemanja said: “I think the young players just need freedom [to play], you don’t need to put extra pressure on them because they feel the pressure when they’re on the pitch playing for Manchester United, they have enough pressure, so you have to try to release them a little bit and then they can show all their quality.
“The manager is there to explain to someone like Scott what he needs to do and I’m really happy for him because he’s a good guy and I’m sure in the future he will get more chances to play and show his qualities.
“The most important thing for a young player is that they’re focused on their job and that they’re not focused on things outside of football. He has exactly what he needs to become a big player. He’s working a lot every day and is looking to the older players to take things from them and to learn and I’m sure that he will be an England star and a Manchester United star because I think he is born for this job.”
Nemanja Matic himself has quickly become a key player for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United this season.
The experienced midfielder adds a composed figure into United’s starting XI, capable of breaking up play just as he is in creating it.
Partnered alongside Paul Pogba in the beginning of the season, the duo wrecked havoc on opposition teams, helping the club shoot up to the top side of the Premier League table.
His positional competitors at the club have hardly given him much cause to worry about his spot in the starting XI.