Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes midfielder Antonio Valencia took some more steps on the road to recovery against Aldershot last night.

The Ecuadorian international grabbed United's third in a comfortable 3-0 League Cup victory against the Npower League Two side last night, gaining some more valuable minutes on the pitch after missing a large part of last season through injury.

And Ferguson has revealed that the player himself doesn't believe he is playing at maximum capacity just yet after a serious ankle injury was followed by another knock picked up in this summer's Copa America.

"I had a chat with Antonio yesterday. He, himself, says he's needing games," Ferguson told MUTV post-match at the EBB Stadium.

"He was a long time out and has been back but probably needs another few games. Tonight was another one."

Elsewhere, their was praise for rising starlet Michael Keane after the 18-year-old made his debut in last night's tie off the bench.

Reserve team manager Warren Joyce was delighted to see the teenage defender get his senior chance, and believes he's one of a handful of players who can make a long-term impact in the first team.

"Michael has had a really good season. I can't remember him having a bad training session, let alone a bad game. He's a consistent kid who works very hard," said Joyce.

"Larnell Cole is another one who I can't remember having a bad session. He and Michael are really consistent."

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