Butt confident in United youngsters

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Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt is confident manager Sir Alex Ferguson can guide the club's youngsters to success at Old Trafford.

The critics have been out in force of late following the Red Devils' shock exit from the Champions League, with former captain Roy Keane suggesting some of the club's fresher faces weren't up to the task for the English champions.

Butt, a former teammate of Keane, disagrees, and believes Ferguson will be able to guide the youth players to success over time at the club.

"It is a massive test but it's one I think they will overcome. They need to get over the blow of going out of the Champions League pretty quickly if they are going to get anything from this season," said the 36-year-old.

"It's important to bounce back from bad results when you play for a club like Manchester United and it will be a test of character to see if they can do that. They haven't got the experienced players, they have young players and they started the season pretty well but they're having their first blip now.

"Everyone goes through that in their careers and it's up to them to prove they are good enough to play for this club."

Despite the recent setbacks, United moved to within two points of league-leaders Manchester City over the weekend, beating Wolves 4-1 at home whilst Roberto Mancini's side stumbled to their first defeat at Chelsea.

Injuries are starting to pile up though, with Darren Fletcher joining Nemanja Vidic in extended spells out through health issues and injuries respectively, and Butt knows everyone will be gunning to beat United whilst the chips are down.

"You're there to be shot at when you play for a big club and they have to accept that. They have to take it from certain people and maybe deserve that," added Butt, who also played for Newcastle and Birmingham (on loan) in England.

"Maybe they deserve a bit of a kick up the backside but with the people they've got around them and the manager they've got there, they'll be okay with that."

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