Ferguson defends United youngsters


Sir Alex Ferguson insists he has complete faith in his Manchester United players, and is adamant his young stars will shrug off the latest setback following their UEFA Champions League exit, and go on to establish themselves as key figures at Old Trafford.

With plenty of questions being asked about the credentials of the current United squad, following their 2-1 defeat at the hands of FC Basel on Wednesday night, the Red Devils boss says that the players will learn from defeat and come back even stronger.

"These young players got a nasty experience on Wednesday," said Ferguson. "But they know they have the trust of myself and their coaches.

"They will not be hounded because of one bad performance."

After failing to secure the point needed to confirm their passage into the knockout phase, United now drop down into the Europa League - a competition that is somewhat unfamiliar territory for Ferguson and Co.

Add to that the fact that United remain five points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City in the title-race, it's fair to say the players are faced with a rather unenviable task in their search for success this season.

A number of the club's youngsters have come under particular scrutiny, with former Manchester United captain Roy Keane branding their latest disappointment a 'reality check' to the hype surrounding the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck - whom Keane says still must prove themselves in the Reds shirt.

"These young players have already achieved many things," said Ferguson in their defence. "Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck have all played for their country.

"These will be the foundation of the club in a few years' time, there is no question about that. Time will prove us right."

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