Nemanja Matic has named Juan Mata and Lee Grant as two players that Manchester United's youngsters can learn from.

United have plenty of promising young stars and the likes of Anthony Elanga, Hannibal Mejbri and Shola Shoretire will be hoping to get even more first-team opportunities this coming season.

With United having such a young squad, having older, experienced heads such as Mata and Grant are vital to help guide the starlets through their development.

The pair were both out of contract at the end of last season but decided to extend their stays at Old Trafford by putting pen to paper on new one-year deals.

Matic is delighted that both players are remaining with the club and believes they can be a great influence on its young stars.

"Fantastic people and players," the Serbian told United's in-house media.

"As you know, Juan is the magician. The kids can learn a lot from him on the football pitch and outside the pitch. You know him very well, he has already been here eight years and he’s just amazing.

"Lee also, I’m really happy for him that he’s signed a new deal, especially when you see how fit he is and how he trains. He deserves everything good.

"As I said, the young players can learn a lot from them and me also. From everyone you learn, and they are both fantastic people and everyone at United is very happy that we have them in our team.”

With a new long season now less than two weeks away, Matic has also revealed what he has been working on in pre-season.

"The most important thing always is to prepare your body for the long season and to be physically ready. If you train very well during pre-season then you have less injuries.

"They are part of football, especially as we have so many games, but the important thing is to be physically ready and you have to use every pre-season for that.”

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