Fergie challenges youngsters
Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping that a number of Man Utd's young guns will become members of the first-team fold.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 23/07/08 8:55am
Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping that a number of Manchester United's young guns will become regular members of the first-team fold next season.
The Red Devils have a reputation for nurturing raw talent into established top flight stars, and are hoping that trend will continue in the near future.
The likes of Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham were all graduates of the Old Trafford academy, and the production line shows no signs of slowing down.
Fraizer Campbell, Chris Eagles, Jonny Evans and Danny Simpson are among those currently knocking on the door, and Ferguson has challenged his up-and-coming stars to force their way into his plans.
"When we signed those young lads, we thought they had the potential to go on and do well," he said.
"They have now come to an age where we need to start making big decisions on them.
"We have to decide whether they should go on loan again or whether they can join our squad of 23 players.
"I would be delighted with that. It is a challenge for them as the standard of our team is high."
Ferguson will need as many options as possible next season with the club attempting to retain their Premier League and UEFA Champions League crowns.
However, the United boss does not expect any surprise packages to be among the front-runners in the race for top flight glory.
"I feel that the top four clubs will remain as they are, although I am not dismissing anyone," he said.
"If we are number one I will be absolutely delighted for everyone."