Nemanja Matic has questioned Manchester United’s title prospects as their talented young squad has “quality and no experience”.
United have got off to a solid start in pre-season with four wins in as many games, which saw them beat rivals Tottenham and Inter Milan recently.
17-year-old Mason Greenwood, in particular, has starred for the Red Devils and even scored the winner against Inter last weekend. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has even compared him to Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs.
Midfield duo James Garner and Angel Gomes, both 18, have also impressed on the road. While 19-year-old winger Tahith Chong is another promising young talent emerging at United.
Solskjaer, on the other hand, has welcomed 21-year-olds in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James this summer. He will also likely count on forwards Anthony Martial, 23, and Marcus Rashford, 21, to lead his attack.
But Matic, who previously won two Premier League titles at Chelsea before joining United in 2017, believes the club’s newest stars lack a critical factor in experience to challenge for major honours.
“Quality and experience bring you the title,” said 30-year-old Matic, according to Goal.
“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.”
United will be back in action for another friendly against Kristiansund BK in Solskjaer’s native Norway on Tuesday.