Nemanja Matic has hailed midfield duo Fred and Scott McTominay as unsung heroes in the Manchester United squad.
The Serbian is set to replace one of the pair for the Champions League finale with Young Boys on Wednesday night, with United already guaranteed top spot in the group before the Old Trafford fixture.
Fred and McTominay have both started the last four games together and they are in line to be rested, with Ralf Rangnick set to make changes ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Norwich City.
The interim manager hailed the Brazilian and the Scot as “perfect” for his 4-2-2-2 formation after the win against Crystal Palace, with Fred scoring the first goal of the Rangnick era.
Both players came in for criticism at times during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s spell in charge but they look set to remain as important under Rangnick and Matic believes they don’t get the credit they deserve.
“I think they are great people, great people for the changing room. Very important players for our team, they improve a lot game by game,” he said.
“They don’t get enough praise, always those who score goals get praise after the games, but sooner or later they will get what they deserve. Game by game they are getting better and better.
“They give us stability, they have to continue to work in this way and I’m sure they will have a bright future.”
Matic was an unused sub in Rangnick’s first game in charge but he will get a chance to impress on Wednesday, as will several others on the fringes of the side.
The 33-year-old has played a part in the early training sessions under the German, however, and believes there will be more to come from United once they’ve assimilated Rangnick’s ideas.
“We have to try to impress the manager, that we deserve to play,” he said of the game against Young Boys.
“We are through, top of the group, but we want the three points at Old Trafford and to show the manager we have the quality to play.
“Every manager has his ideas, of course. We always try to adapt and understand as soon as possible.
“Everyone saw last game a bit of his idea, the high pressing, the organisation. We are training only a couple of days and we didn’t have enough time to understand more.”