Fergie reveals six stars of future
28 November 2011
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that six of last season's FA Youth Cup-winning side are being assessed for first-team action.
The United boss says Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison, Jesse Lingard, Zeki Fryers, Larnell Cole and Michael Keane have been recommended to him by his staff for possible duty as he ponders his selection for the Carling Cup quarter-final with Crystal Palace.
"The monitoring system here is good and there's a lot of consistency with our Academy staff," he told the new edition of Inside United. "These are guys that have been here a long time and know what to look for. When somebody like Paul McGuinness comes to me and says: 'He's a first-team player', then I know to keep a special eye on the player.
"From there, we'll bring the boy into first-team training for a couple of sessions. That's what we're doing at the moment with Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison, Jesse Lingard, Zeki Fryers, Larnell Cole and Michael Keane. They're all training with the first team at the moment."
Defender Fryers, midfielders Pogba and Cole plus striker Keane have already made their debuts in the competition while United fans cannot wait to see how Morrison performs when he is given his chance by the manager.
But The United boss will only make the call to step the individual up when he is ready and admits he is always careful to monitor how they perform in training before adding to his list of 'Fergie's fledglings'.
"That allows me to see how they cope playing against seasoned professionals, it lets me judge their temperament. It allows me to get a far better picture of how they're progressing. And, while this is going on, you hope they're playing well for the Reserves and displaying the right attitude and enthusiasm.
"Players are never simply thrown into first-team action," he added.