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Fergie confident over youth

15 Aug 2009 - 10:55:03

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United's youngsters are once again poised to silence their critics.

Ferguson's decision not to invest more of the £80million raised from the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid and instead look to the likes of Nani, Danny Welbeck and Federico Macheda to step up has been questioned.

But much like when he sold the likes of Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis and Mark Hughes in 1995 and replaced them with Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Gary Neville, the veteran Scot believes the future of the club is secure.

"It's a fresh start, a new challenge for us," he said ahead of Sunday's league opener at home to Birmingham City.

"We have a lot of young players that want to do well. That's the area in which I am most encouraged.

"Our critics are misreading the situation with our young players developing and improving. There are good signs there. We have a very strong squad. We're where we want to be.

"I think most of the players at some point expected Cristiano to leave, so it wasn't such a great shock. That's not a problem.

"The issue is how we progress as a team, in a different shape and a different way to when Cristiano was here.

"That is something I'm looking forward to and interested to see our progress and what this team can do. It will be different without Cristiano."

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