United youth will not disappoint: Carrick
Michael Carrick is certain Sir Alex Ferguson will not be disappointed if he does throw his youngsters into tonight's League Cup quarter-final with Crystal Palace.
With injuries biting deep into his midfield reserves, Ferguson has confirmed he will hand 18-year-old France youth international Paul Pogba his full debut at Old Trafford.
Often likened to Patrick Vieira in playing style, Pogba's move to United from Le Havre was completed amid much acrimony from the French outfit.
However, his development has shown why United's coaching staff were so keen to work with the teenager, who was a key figure in last season's FA Youth Cup-winning squad.
Now, after substitute appearances at Leeds and Aldershot in earlier rounds, Pogba is set to get his chance from the start, with others, such as Larnell Cole and Ravel Morrison, itching for their opportunity too.
"I would back them to produce, definitely," said the England international. "They certainly have the talent. They are good players. They have been doing things right, now it is about going to that next step.
"There are not loads of opportunities to come into the first-team, so the Carling Cup is probably the best way to establish yourself," added Carrick.