Ryan Giggs urges Manchester United youngsters to take Carling Cup chance

19 September 2011 12:17

Ryan Giggs believes it is time for the latest batch of youngsters to roll off the Manchester United production line to make their mark.

Much has already been made of the youthfulness of United's first team squad this season.

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But Phil Jones was bought in from Blackburn, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling were already regulars with Sir Alex Ferguson's senior squad, while Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck had furthered their educations with spells away from United on loan.

With injuries starting to affect his squad, Ferguson may end up using more kids than he initially imagined in tomorrow night's Carling Cup third round tie at local rivals Leeds.

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Strangely, Giggs may be there as well to lend a hand. Michael Owen, Park Ji-sung, Fabio, Antonio Valencia, Federico Macheda and Mame Biram Diouf are others who need a game and the same was also true of Dimitar Berbatov before Javier Hernandez's injury in yesterday's 3-1 win over Chelsea shunted the Bulgarian up the striking roster.

So, Ferguson must decide how many youngsters to expose in a game where the atmosphere in the stands is expected to be distinctly frosty.

However, Giggs believes it is how the likes of Paul Pogba and Will Keane come through such tests that will determine whether they make it to the top of their chosen careers.

'There are young players coming through at United but this is an important part of their career,' Giggs told MUTV.

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'When you look at the lads who came through in my age group, then those who followed; Wes Brown and John O'Shea for instance, when they got their chance, they took it.

'Once you hit 17, 18 and 19, that is what you have to do.

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'It doesn't matter whether it is if you get a chance to train with the first team, or in a match as a substitute, you need to make an impact.

'You need to force the manager not leave you out of the next game.'

The initial quest will be to secure a place in the fourth round to give themselves another opportunity to play.

Welbeck, currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, is the most obvious example of someone how it is possible to profit from United's progress.

He was handed starting spots in both the 2009 Carling Cup final win over Tottenham and the same season's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Everton, providing invaluable experience.

And it is that exposure to combat at the highest level that Giggs, now in his 22nd season as a professional, feels will determine whether United's current crop fulfil the potential they showed in winning last season's FA Youth Cup.

'It is tough because there is a lot of quality in the first team,' said the Welshman.

'The majority have the quality. That is not really in doubt. 'The question is, do they have the desire and appetite to take it up a step more?'

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