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Fergie confident in United's kids

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Fryers has tasted first team action in both the league & cup. (©GettyImages)
Fryers has tasted first team action in both the league & cup. (©GettyImages).

Sir Alex Ferguson is in no doubt that the talented crop of youngsters at Old Trafford can make the grade with Manchester United.

The Red Devils are renowned for bringing young players through the academy ranks at the club, and built their success in the mid-to-late 90s on graduates from their own youth setup.

Whilst failure in the Carling Cup led many, including former captain Roy Keane, to question the ability of some of the junior players at the club, Ferguson is in no doubt that several of the club's top teenagers are improving steadily and on the fringes of the first team.

"They're getting stronger as they get older. Paul Pogba will be 19 in March. Ezekiel Fryers has been involved. Larnell Cole, Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison have all been involved," Ferguson told the official United website.

"When you think 'okay, possibly the standard has risen since the days when Ryan Giggs made his debut at 17, even our Darren [Ferguson] was young and Lee Sharpe made his debut at 17'. Quite a few players did at that time.

"But they have good ability and a good standard of play themselves so I wouldn't be adverse to trying one or two, particularly in home matches, and involving them as substitutes to give them parts of a game, which we tend to do with a lot of them. So that's certainly in my thoughts."

Speculation has recently been rife over the future of Pogba at Manchester United, with the French youth international yet to agree a new contract and his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

Manchester City and Inter Milan have both been heavily linked with a move for the former Le Havre starlet, but he admitted less than a fortnight ago that he wants to force his way into senior reckoning with the champions.

"It's very good [here]. I'm getting in the first team and I enjoy it a lot. I have to carry on and try to play more games," he said less than a fortnight ago.

"I think you grow up a lot at United. I came from France. I'm here and I know what I want to do. I just want to be a first-team player, a great player here and that's it."

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