Sir Alex puts faith in Manchester United’s Scott Wootton, Michael Keane and Marnick Vermijl for Chelsea clash

By Dean Wilkins

Sir Alex Ferguson is backing his young players as Manchester United reshuffle their squad for their second trip to Stamford Bridge in four days.

United earned their league first victory at Chelsea in more than a decade after Javier Hernandez snatched their third goal 15 minutes from time – the Reds ran out 3-2 winners.

And after seeing off Newcastle in the previous Captial One Cup round, Sir Alex is putting his faith in his youth academy as Michael Keane, Marnick Vermijl and Scott Wootton are to reprise their roles.

And 19-year-old centreback Keane expressed his eagerness to return to the first team after an encouraging display against the Magpies.

“I’ve been training every day,” he told MUTV. “Working hard and getting fitter every day so it’s going well.

“When you go on tour and play a few games, it gives you a good taste of first-team football and it just makes you want to play more when you get back.

“I know there’s probably only going to be one or two opportunities because of the players involved but I can’t think like that.

“I’ve just got to work hard every day in training and prove I’m good enough to play and, hopefully, get picked.”

Sir Alex is resting Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra after Sunday’s tie and recovering defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are not ready to feature.

There is room on the bench for Ryan Tunnicliffe who was recently slapped with an 18-month driving ban after crashing his Range Rover into a parked van while over the drinking limit.

Squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Johnstone, Rafael, Evans, Keane, Buttner, Valencia, Anderson, Nani, Carrick, Cleverley, Fletcher, Powell, Scholes, Cole, Lingard, Vermijl, Tunnicliffe, Hernandez, Welbeck, Macheda, King

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