Nemanja Matic excited to see young talents take the pitch at Manchester United

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Nemanja Matic is excited to see young talent getting a chance at Manchester United – but the midfielder 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, where Marcus Rashford’s early spot-kick was the difference in a 1-0 triumph.

The match-winning forward was joined by fellow 21-year-olds Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the line-up on Saturday, when Andreas Pereira, 23, and Scott McTominay, 22, also started.

Tahith Chong, just 19, came off the bench for a United side which 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.

“The most important thing was the team took three points and what we did today is great, and I am happy for the young players.

“They 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 who grew up here in the academy and that’s good.

“They have to use that because in big clubs they don’t give always opportunities to the young guys because of the pressure, the results. Everyone wants to win.

“They buy ready players to win so it’s good for them.

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

“It doesn’t matter if they are 18 or 25 or 35, we can see if they are ready or not and then for the future to decide what to do.

“As I said, I am happy for them. I like to see young players on the pitch and hopefully they can bring us some fresh energy for the rest of the season.”

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

The Red Devils kick off their Europa League campaign at home to Astana on Thursday, when Matic will be hoping to make his second start of the season.

The 31-year-old came in for the injured Paul Pogba against Leicester and was subject of speculation over his future in the summer.

“Of course (it has been frustrating),” Matic said. “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 trying to convince him to change his mind and pick me to play.

“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 will decide.

“I am ready. In the last 10 years I have played in a high level and every game I try to do my best to help the team because I think I am a team player and I can help a lot I think.”

Put to Matic that he does not seem the kind of person to knock on a manager’s door, he said: “No, I never did that.

“I show my quality on the pitch, in training sessions and in games. This is not my way to fight for the place.”

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Ashley Young sees the positives from Man United's start to the season.

Manchester United captain Ashley Young believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are very close to gelling and kicking on.

The season-opening shellacking of Chelsea proved a false dawn for the Old Trafford faithful, with draws at Wolves and Southampton book-ending an embarrassing home loss to Crystal Palace.

But United put that concerning start to the Premier League behind them and got back to winning ways by seeing off previously unbeaten Leicester on Saturday afternoon.

Marcus Rashford’s early penalty was enough to seal a 1-0 win for Solskjaer’s injury-hit side and Young believes things are coming together after some unlucky results.

“I think we’re very close,” he said.

“A lot was said after the Southampton game but, to be honest, I think they had two chances and one of them they scored from. It wasn’t a bad performance. I didn’t think it was a bad performance.

“We’ve just got to gel things together, keep getting on the scoresheet and I think it could have been a different game today.

“If we had gone on and got a second goal after we got the first then it would have been totally different.

“But we had to show that resilience and that grit and that determination not to concede a goal and we did that today.”

Young was delighted to emerge from a tough game with three points – and just United’s second clean sheet in 16 league matches.

“When you play as a defender, you want to keep a clean sheet and hope the boys up the top can go and get the goals,” Young told BBC Radio 5 live.

“On days you’re not going to play well and you’re going to win games. On days you’re going to play well and not win games.

“There’s going to be a balance and we just want to do the right things and keep applying ourselves the way we have this season.”

Summer signings Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James showed more promising signs against the Foxes, while fellow new boy Harry Maguire performed admirably against the club he left in the summer for £80million.

“You know, I think the manager’s said about him, he talks non-stop, he’s a real leader and he can play as well,” Young added.

“The style of play we use, we use the centre-halves a lot to play out from the back and everybody has got confidence in him.

“And everybody has confidence in Victor (Lindelof), Jonah [Phil Jones], Marcos (Rojo) – all the defenders, all the centre-backs can go in there and do the job.

“Again he showed today what a man he is, and I think as a backline we played a really good game. The main objective was to get three points and that’s what we did.”

Brendan Rodgers echoed Young’s sentiments, calling Maguire “a good guy and a top-class player” despite Leicester’s travelling fans letting their anger at his departure known.

Caglar Soyuncu has stepped up the plate impressively since the England international’s exit but was guilty of the foul that allowed Rashford to wrap up victory from the spot.

“Listen, that happens with young players,” Leicester boss Rodgers said. “They make mistakes.

“He’s been fantastic stepping in from when Harry went. I thought apart from that he was really dominant in the game today and played well.

“But this is the nature of it. There’s lots of young players in the squad, they’ll make mistakes, so we’ll help them get over that and make sure the confidence is ready through the week for the next game.”

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Reaction from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Marcus Rashford ended Manchester United’s penalty curse and got the Red Devils back to winning ways as Leicester City’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season came to an end on Saturday.

With draws at Wolves and Southampton book-ending a chastening home loss to Crystal Palace, the hosts enjoyed a timely shot in the arm on their return from the international break.

Missed penalties cost United dearly in two of those matches, but Rashford made no mistake from at Old Trafford, with his early spot-kick proving the difference in a hard-fought 1-0 win.

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