The Red Devils’ form since the cold weather has generated whispers of a resurgence but the midfielder says that the club is not getting ahead of it self
Nemanja Matic says he believes Manchester United’s young stars have matured over the past couple of years but he believes more improvement must be made if the club is to challenge for Premier League glory once again.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are unbeaten across all competitions since late January, fired in no small part by the performances of their youthful talents, including academy breakout Mason Greenwood and former Sporting starlet Bruno Fernandes.
United have not won the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at the helm in 2013 but whispers have began to grow that the Red Devils might be finally poised to return with their former glories.
Former Chelsea man Matic believes that his side’s exciting attack is on its way to realising its potential too and feels that they will only continue to climb over the coming years.
“I have to be honest: it was not always easy to be in our team because we had a lot of young players, with no experience of playing at the highest level,” that he told Stats Perform News .
“But that was a period of time of transition of we and I believe in the last couple of years many players matured a great deal.
“I have to mention [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial, Greenwood, so many players matured a great deal. They know they have a great deal of responsibility; they play every game.
“I am happy to see them improving, taking responsibility and I know this team can only improve.
“It was difficult for us in the past because we were inconsistent, but I think the team is ready, more experienced. If we can improve 10 or 20 per cent more then we can challenge for the title next season.”
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United can still secure a return to the Champions League this term uner Solskjaer, with a top-four finish in their sights after Chelsea slumped to defeat against Sheffield United on Saturday.
“We are fighting, we are playing, we want to finish in the top four. There are only four games left but we are there,” Matic added.
“We are fighting with Chelsea and Leicester [City] for that position. We know it’s going to be hard, but we shall try and win every game until the end. We wish to win the Europa League and the FA Cup.”