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Nemanja Matic hails Rashford and Man Utd under Solskjaer.

Updated: May 9, 2020

  • The 2019-20 Premier League campaign has been the best for United ace Rashford.

  • Three Lions star Rashford has been out of action since sustaining a back injury in January.

  • Ex-Benfica midfielder Matic believes Solskjaer is heading Man Utd in the right direction.

Rashford has scored 19 goals and registering five assists in 31 appearances this term. [Getty]
Rashford has scored 19 goals and registering five assists in 31 appearances this term. [Getty]

Nemanja Matic Interview reveals his confidence in Solskjear’s leadership.

Manchester United holding midfielder Nemanja Matic has no doubt his club team-mate Marcus Rashford can become one of the elite strikers in world football. The England international Rashford was having an impressive season, scoring 19 goals and registering five assists in 31 appearances, before his form came to a halt due to a back injury [double stress fracture] he sustained in United's 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay win over Wolves in January. With the Premier League set to resume in mid-June due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rashford has redeemed time and should be fit enough to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils fight for a Champions League spot. When Serbia midfielder Matic was quizzed to name Man United's best player this season, the former Chelsea midfielder told the Guardian: "We have a lot of young players, but they have maybe not reached their top yet, but Marcus Rashford has the ability to be one of the best players in the world in his position.

More: Man Utd Pereira craves to win trophies with Brazil club Santos before he retires. "He's still improving, but he has everything to reach that top level." United were in fine form before the COVID-19 crisis brought football to a standstill and their upturn in form came just after Bruno Fernandes sealed a move from Sporting CP to Old Trafford. And, Matic admits that he has been surprised by the Portugal international's immediate impact.

More: Manchester United yet to make a decision on Dean Henderson's future. "Because I follow the Portuguese league, I knew he was good – even though he played for Sporting!" said the 31-year-old.

Nemanja Matic Manchester United. [Getty]
Nemanja Matic Manchester United. [Getty]

"But I'm very surprised he adapted so quickly to the Premier League. He brings us a lot of qualities, like the confidence he has on the pitch – he always knows what he wants to do with the ball." Matic also said the 20-time champions are improving under manager Solskjaer. He said: "Ole is a great manager. I think he has improved a lot since he came to United, and he is different now. I'm sure he has a great future here, and he will win us trophies."

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