AVB advised: Follow Fergie example

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Under-fire Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas should learn from Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson's handling of his senior players, according to former Blues assistant boss Ray Wilkins.

Villas-Boas opted to leave England internationals Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole out of his side for Tuesday night's 3-1 Champions League defeat at Napoli. Wilkins, who was dismissed from his role as Carlo Ancelotti's right-hand man in November 2010, hopes Blues owner Roman Abramovich will give Villas-Boas time to succeed.

But Wilkins thinks Ferguson's management of established stars while bringing through younger players is an example Villas-Boas should follow, and he told Sky Sports News: "You see how well Sir Alex Ferguson manages the likes of (Paul) Scholes and (Ryan) Giggs and (Rio) Ferdinand, he manages them magnificently well."

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