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The 33-year-old is excited to see the club’s younger players in action on Wednesday night and relishes the responsibility of guiding the youth teamers coming through

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is excited to watch some of the club’s emerging prospects in the League Cup on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils host Newcastle United at Old Trafford in the third round and manager Sir Alex Ferguson traditionally uses the competition to give first-team opportunities to younger members of his squad.

And the 33-year-old Ferdinand is looking forward to seeing some of United’s potential future stars take to the field.

"We have some really talented young players and I'm looking forward to seeing some of them," Ferdinand told the club's official website.
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"I'm looking forward to maybe seeing our new signing from Chile, Angelo Henriquez. I'm sure Nick Powell will play and I'm looking forward to seeing him again too as he's a very exciting prospect.

"I'm excited to perhaps see Jesse Lingard play and I think Larnell Cole [could feature] as well. There is Michael Keane at the back too.

"There are loads of them and I could go on and on and be here all day. Hopefully they can stamp their authority on the cup this year."

Ferdinand understands the responsibilities of being a senior member of the United squad and to lead by example for the younger players.

"I just think it's a natural progression for the senior players and it becomes your duty almost to not force it on the young players but to lead the way and lead by example," he added.

"When you need to talk to players or give them a nudge in the right direction, you're there to do that. That's what comes with being a Manchester United player after a few years.

"We just try and make it as easy as possible. We want it to be as comfortable and normal as possible for the young players coming into big stadiums, in front of big crowds with big expectations.

"It's a new world they are entering and, as experienced players, we want to make that a much smoother ride if we can."

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