Sir Alex Ferguson has called on his younger players to step up tonight in the Carling Cup and show that they have the potential to be stars for Manchester United.
Ferguson is planning on mixing youth players, such as Paul Pogba and Federico Macheda, with more experienced heads like Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen as United prepare for the trip to the EBB Stadium.
And the manager, who is attempting to bounce back from a shattering 6-1 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend, says he’s planning on blooding yet another generation of youngsters to continue building the club.
"Young players emerge and take someone's position,” Ferguson told the official Manchester United website.
“It's happened time and time again at this club and I've experienced it over my 25 years.
“You see a young emerging star coming through the youth team, and then comes the Reserves and, before you know it, you say why don't you put this boy in the first team.
"It's down to temperament. That's important, and ability, courage and determination. They're all the factors we need for top players at United."
Ferguson insisted that despite facing an Npower League Two side, he will be calling on his best players to come forward and bounce back to victory.
"At the moment, I've got a really strong squad. We took 23 players to Romania with us and left Rio [Ferdinand] behind because we weren't planning to use him in that game,” he explained.
"So, with a squad of 24 players, some of them have to have games. Michael Owen and Dimitar Berbatov must have games.
"It'll be similar to what we did at Leeds, really. All [the youngsters involved at Elland Road] will be travelling with us.”
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