United duo heading for exit

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he is considering sending Federico Macheda and Mame Biram Diouf out on loan after Manchester United’s Carling Cup exit at the hands of Crystal Palace in mid-week.

Ferguson was forced to apologise after his side’s insipid performance saw them crash out at the quarter-final stage at the hands of their Championship opponents, with both Macheda, and Diouf amongst a host of players criticised for their performances in the aftermath of the defeat.

The Scot had planned to use the remainder of the competition to give first team to football to fringe players but now believes that he will have to send the likes of Diouf and Macheda out on loan in order to get some game time under their belts that otherwise wouldn't be available at Old Trafford.

"The problem we have is to do with the reserve league there is now - it's really a youth league," said the Red Devils boss.

"That is a big problem. We'll be reviewing the whole situation in terms of how we get more games for the players.

"Loan deals work well for all the young players in terms of getting game-time and that's what we're looking at with Macheda and Diouf. They need games.”

"They're young and every young player wants to play and we have to give them that opportunity."

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