Ryan Giggs has praised the performance of Manchester United‘s youngsters during the Red Devils’ Capital One Cup fourth-round defeat to Chelsea, and insists that they will benefit from the experience in the long run.
Unproven duo Michael Keane and Scott Wootton lined-up at centre-back, and the latter felled Ramires in the box to concede a last-minute penalty.
The Blues then went on to win the game 5-4 in extra time and, although the midfielder admitted that his side were bitterly disappointed to lose out, Giggs believes that the aforementioned pair and Nick Powell , who also started the game, can take a lot of encouragement from their performances.
"It's tough to take," Giggs told Sky Sports. "When you score four goals away from home more often than not you win the game.
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"I'm proud of the young players who played, though. There were some great performances. They will have learnt a lot and you learn more from losing as well.
"You try and take the positives from a game like that but there are a lot of disappointed lads and rightly so because they put in good performances.
"But they'll learn from it and the experience they'll gain from this is more than they could ever get from a reserve game.
"They had to stick all their big guns on in the end to make an impact which they did. As I said, though, I'm proud of the young players - they never stopped battling."