Manchester United vs. Newcastle United  2 - 1


United set to give youngsters a chance

26 September 2012 15:51

Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan has confirmed the club will likely field a largely inexperienced side against Newcastle United.

United have been eliminated at the fifth-round stage of the League Cup in the previous two seasons and meet Newcastle on Wednesday.

But Phelan has insisted the tournament is high on the club's agenda despite Sir Alex Ferguson's insistence to include youngsters.

"We've got options and we have to make sure this game helps us involve other players as well as the ones who have been playing in the last five or six games," Phelan told the club's website.

"It's important we given them the opportunity to perform.

"We've got a good mix of youth and experience and we want to make sure we perform and the players involved show their abilities and what they can offer.

"The manager has always seen these games as an opportunity to look at progress and to see where some players are at and if they're capable of being part of a long season.

"The hardest part is giving them the competitiveness and the games in order to prove that.

"You don't just want one game, either – you want more than one. And hopefully this cup competition offers us that."

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has also confirmed that his own match-day squad will include those on the fringes.

But Phelan is aware the club will not risk their chances to progress too much and is still expecting several first-team regulars.

"I don't know what Newcastle will do (in terms of team selection), but over the past year or two teams in general have started to look at this competition as an opportunity, not just to blood one or two youngsters, but to chase the cup and try and win it," he said.

"There's a trophy at the end of it for someone, and we always set out to win every competition we're involved in."


Ferdinand excited by United talent

25 September 2012 17:45

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is excited to see some of the club's emerging talents in the League Cup on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils host Newcastle United at Old Trafford in the third round and manager Sir Alex Ferguson usually uses the competition to give first-team opportunities to younger members of his squad.

The 33-year-old defender is looking forward to seeing some of United's potential future stars take to the field.

"We have some really talented young players and I'm looking forward to seeing some of them," Ferdinand told the club's official website.

"I'm looking forward to maybe seeing our new signing from Chile, Angelo Henriquez. I'm sure Nick Powell will play and I'm looking forward to seeing him again too as he's a very exciting prospect.

"I'm excited to perhaps see Jesse Lingard play and I think Larnell Cole (could feature) as well. There is Michael Keane at the back too.

"There are loads of them and I could go on and on and be here all day. Hopefully they can stamp their authority on the cup this year."

Ferdinand understands the responsibilities of being a senior member of the United squad and to lead by example for the younger players.

"I just think it's a natural progression for the senior players and it becomes your duty almost to not force it on the young players but to lead the way and lead by example," he said.

"When you need to talk to players or give them a nudge in the right direction, you're there to do that. That's what comes with being a Manchester United player after a few years.

"We just try and make it as easy as possible. We want it to be as comfortable and normal as possible for the young players coming into big stadiums, in front of big crowds with big expectations.

"It's a new world they are entering and, as experienced players, we want to make that a much smoother ride if we can."


Pardew set to welcome back Tiote

25 September 2012 02:58

Alan Pardew believes Cheikh Tiote's return to fitness is important ahead of Newcastle's League Cup clash with Manchester United.

The Ivory Coast international was injured Newcastle's opening Premier League fixture against Tottenham and has not featured since.

However, the 26-year-old is expected to start at Old Trafford on Wednesday, something which Pardew believes will provide a boost to the midfield.

He told reporters: "We need to get him back in the team as quickly as we can, and I think he will feature on Wednesday.

"He gets a grip of a game and you can start to dominate with somebody like Cheikh. You have to have a platform to play.

"He puts other teams on the back foot in many ways. He's a fantastic player and one of our most important players.

"Drive, passion, a determination to win whatever he is doing, whether it's table-tennis or a game of football, and an ability that many players can't reach. He is a fantastic player."

The 51-year-old went on to admit that his team have not been at their free-flowing best recently, but is delighted with the results.

He added: "I am really pleased with the results, if not the excitement levels. Our fans want to get off their seats and so do I.

"Don't think we want to grind results out, we don't. We want to play well and win. We are not doing that at the moment but I am still pleased that we have got enough nous to get the points."

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 24 +52 65
2 24 +33 53
3 24 +29 50
4 24 +25 47
5 24 +25 45

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
13 24 -15 25
14 24 -22 24
15 24 -12 23
16 24 -16 23
17 24 -25 23