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Sir Alex Ferguson is preparing to play many of the club’s less inexperienced players in the League Cup quarter-final and the Frenchman says he has been impressed by them so far

Patrice Evra has warned Manchester United’s young players that they need to take any opportunity they are given on the pitch.

United take on Crystal Palace in the League Cup quarter-final on Wednesday and are expected to field the likes of Ravel Morrison, Paul Pogba, Ezekiel Fryers and Michael Keane, who all featured in earlier matches in the competition against Leeds United and Aldershot.

But Evra has told them that they must take their chance in the first team otherwise they may not get another.

"This is a big chance for them, but they have to be careful because Sir Alex gives you an opportunity and if you let him down, it’s difficult to get another one,” he told the club’s official website.

"This is the United way: if you play well, you’ll get another chance, but if you play only an average game, the boss will put you on the bench. There’s always someone ready to come in and try to do better than you.

"That’s why players must be ready to grasp the chance. Before the game they must think to themselves how lucky they are to be playing with the first team already."

The Frenchman admitted to being pleased with what he has seen already from the youngsters who have been given their chance.

"I’m really proud and pleased because when you see these young players in action, you know United’s future is bright," he said.
 
"They’re doing a great job and Sir Alex deserves a lot of credit for that – he’s not afraid to play them in the Carling Cup."

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