SIR Alex Ferguson is determined to stick with his youngsters for next Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester City. The United manager has used the competition to give the less experienced members of his squad some much-needed experience in recent years and that trend has continued this term. Yet, a draw which pitched United into direct confrontation with a club whose 33 years without a trophy is immortalised on the Stretford End with a banner that ticks on one with each passing season, might have prompted a change of heart. Most Reds fans would gladly accept losing to either Blackburn or Aston Villa at Wembley on February 28 if it meant City being denied a big day out. But Ferguson refuses to be deflected from his original aim, so the likes of Darron Gibson and Danny Welbeck can expect to start at Eastlands. "I will stick with the principle of picking young players on Wednesday," said the United chief. "That is what we have done in the Carling Cup and we are not changing that."