Fergie praise for youngsters

United boss excited by potential

Ferguson: Happy with young players

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Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to the young players who starred against Kaizer Chiefs in the Vodacom Challenge.

Manchester United won 4-0 in Saturday's final with Ferguson opting for a blend of youth and experience in his side.

Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney found the target to set United on course for victory and substitutes Tom Cleverley and Fraizer Campbell then got in on the act.

Teenagers Craig Cathcart and Rodrigo Possebon also impressed, while Ferguson believes there are a number of others who could make the breakthrough in time.

"They are all at a good age in terms of us judging them and most have been out on loan," he said.

"Jonny Evans had a good spell at Sunderland and was instrumental in them staying up. Fraizer Campbell was instrumental in bringing Hull up.

"Lee Martin was unfortunate with injuries but he showed what he can do by setting up the first goal here. He has potential.

"Craig Cathcart is looking much stronger after injury and the intention is to put him on loan this season.

"Possebon will stay as he has potential for first-team football while Cleverley is just a young lad and has time on his side. All the young players have good potential."

South Africa return

Meanwhile, Ferguson has indicated that United are likely to return to South Africa in the near future.

United have a strong fanbase in South Africa and Ferguson admits he would relish the chance to go back.

"There has been dialogue and one suggestion was about us coming back after the 2010 World Cup," he explained.

"But I do not know if that would work. That might be too early after the World Cup.

"I think once the World Cup is over people will probably need a rest from football.

"There are going to be a lot of people in the country at that time. But there will be another opportunity, I am sure."