Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs believes the club's young breed need to make their mark this season, or risk being thrown on the Old Trafford scrap heap.

The cornerstone of the club's impressive start to their Barclays Premier League title defence has been the influx of young players in the team, with Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck all churning out impressive performances.

And while Giggs knows all about coming through the ranks and succeeding under Sir Alex Ferguson, he has a warning for United's young pretenders.

“There are young players coming through at United but this is an important part of their career,” he said.

“When you look at the lads who came through in my age group, then those who followed – Wes Brown and John O'Shea, for instance – when they got their chance, they took it.

“Once you hit 17, 18 and 19, that is what you have to do.


“It doesn't matter whether it is if you get a chance to train with the first team, or in a match as a substitute, you need to make an impact.

“You need to force the manager not leave you out of the next game. It is tough because there is a lot of quality in the first team,” added the Welshman.

“The majority have the quality. That is not really in doubt. The question is, do they have the desire and appetite to take it up a step more?”

Ferguson is expected to blood the next set of United youngsters, in the form of midfielder Paul Pogba and striker Will Keane among others, in Tuesday's Carling Cup tie against Leeds United.

With United's long injury list, which currently includes Welbeck and Cleverley, Giggs may be asked to contribute at Elland Road, after being restricted to cameo appearances for United this season, due to the form of Ashley Young and Nani.

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