Ferguson keeps faith in youth

Sir Alex Ferguson believes patience is the key to getting the best out of Manchester United's youngsters.

Last Updated: 15/02/13 at 12:09 Post Comment

Sir Alex Ferguson: Knows how to get best out of emerging talents

Sir Alex Ferguson: Knows how to get best out of emerging talents

United earned a lot of praise for their performance against Real Madrid in midweek, with David de Gea and goalscorer Danny Welbeck singled out for special attention.

Yet neither man has enjoyed a trouble-free campaign, with De Gea condemned at regular points - including by Gary Neville - for his failure to command the penalty area, and Welbeck's disappointing goal return also highlighted.

However, Ferguson's faith in both men has never wavered.

"We're always patient with young players," said Ferguson.

"If you think they have the ability, you have to be prepared to wait."

Ferguson's reward came in the Bernabeu, where De Gea produced possibly his best performance for United, making a string of fine saves, including twice memorably denying Fabio Coentrao.

"Maturity helps," said Ferguson.

"There are very few goalkeepers who go into first-teams when they're 20 and are the finished article.

"There are some examples that defy my reasoning, the likes of Gianluigi Buffon at Juventus and Petr Cech, who went from Rennes to Chelsea.

"That's not always the case, though.

"Peter Schmeichel didn't join us until he was 27 and then gave us eight great years."

Jack Butland's impending arrival at Stoke has been viewed as a signal Asmir Begovic will be making the move to Old Trafford in the summer, casting further doubt over De Gea's future.

But Ferguson has this season to navigate first and he knows De Gea's display in Madrid could be priceless.

"A good performance helps everyone," he said.

"It gives them confidence and David is a down-to-earth boy."

The same traits can also be applied to Welbeck, whose goal gave United the lead, a remarkable effort given he had only scored once previously this season.

"Danny's goal won't do him any harm," said Ferguson.

"He is not a boy who lacks confidence and wasn't fazed by the occasion."

And, as a local boy, Welbeck is setting the example for other younger players to follow, with Ferguson particularly keen on the first-team chances of Nick Powell and Adnan Januzaj.

"It's a great boost for the younger players coming up behind him," said Ferguson.

"Danny has been with us since the age of nine, so it's a great testimony to the development we do with young players.

"Nick Powell and Adnan Januzaj were in the reserves on Monday and you say to yourself: 'These are definite Manchester United first-team players'.

"They have outstanding qualities. We can see that.

"They can see that in trusting us to map out their careers, they can get to Danny's level."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

PSG stun Barca, Bayern stay 100%

PSG edged to an entertaining 3-2 Champions League win over Barcelona, while Bayern Munich beat CSKA Moscow and BATE stunned Athletic Bilbao.

Champions League: Manchester City held to home draw by Roma

Manchester City endured yet another night of Champions League frustration as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Roma.

Champions League: Nemanja Matic earns three points for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon in Group G

Nemanja Matic's header earned Chelsea three away points against Sporting Lisbon in UEFA Champions League Group G.

Mail Box

#Usingfootballersnamesineverydaylife

We have the last of these as well as mails on Liverpool, Wayne Rooney, QPR, Arsenal's injuries and more. It's a mailbox that's Alonso rather than Rafael, if you will...

How Much In 'Pounds Raheem Sterling'?

A whole lot of you use footballers' names in everyday life. And you hate yourselves for it. As you should. We also have mails on Newcastle, Rooney and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property