Sir Alex Ferguson hopes the experience of his more seasoned players will guide Manchester United safely towards Premier League glory this season.
United have a greater blend of youthful exuberance and maturity than they have boasted for many seasons, with the likes of David de Gea and Phil Jones tasked with plenty of responsibility during their debut campaigns with the club.
The reigning champions do, however, have a number of players to have tasted Premier League glory on several occasions, with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand United stalwarts for many a year.
Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney are also multiple league winners with United, and possess the credentials required to lead the Red Devils to another triumph.
And Ferguson trusts his more sage pros to make life easier for the younger members of the squad, as the business end of the season gets into full swing.
"Most of the players have had the experience... Ferdinand, Evra, Giggs, Scholes, Carrick and Rooney," the United boss told his weekly press conference.
"There are some of the young ones that aren’t accustomed to it like Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young, David De Gea, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
"You've got the likes of Fabio and Rafael who have been involved for two or three years so they’re used to it; both have been in European final squads as well. They gather experience that way. It hopefully helps them in the run-in.
"I think Ferdinand, Giggs, Scholes and Carrick help in that situation. If they were to lose their nerve then we would be in trouble! But I don’t expect that, I think they’re well accustomed to it."
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