Nemanja Matic has insisted that Manchester United’s England players will learn from this summer’s heartbreak, having lost on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
Luke Shaw was the star of the tournament from a Manchester United perspective, scoring England’s only goal in the final. Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho all took penalties in the shootout, with the two wingers, unfortunately, seeing their efforts missed and saved respectively.
Matic, who retired from international duty following the World Cup in 2018, has insisted that Manchester United’s representatives in the final at Wembley will learn from the loss and come back stronger.
“That’s football. It’s always hard to predict what’s going to happen,” Matic told the official Manchester United website. “In a final, everything is possible; two great teams and everyone wants to win the trophy.
“I’m happy for our guys that they played in a final, and to be second in Europe is not easy. Of course, they wanted to win, but they are still young and they will have more chances to show their qualities.
“The guys are very young and they have a lot of pressure on them when they play for their club or their national team, it’s not easy when you are young to handle all of this.
“But they are strong enough and they will survive everything, and we are always with them. Their life is in front of them, they just have to enjoy their football and I think they will all have great careers and they will be fine.”
Maguire, who was a doubt going into the tournament, also enjoyed a stellar tournament with England. The 28-year-old was named in the official UEFA Team of the Tournament.
All four players were granted extended breaks following their involvement in the tournament but are expected back in training next week, with the Premier League curtain-raiser against Leeds just two weeks away.