United youth fare better than Arsenalís youngsters
By Andrew Cuff
Friday 05 Dec 2008 13:00:00
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United took on Blackburn at Old Trafford in the quarter finals of the Carling Cup. Ferguson however had no intention of giving Blackburn a full United squad to contend with. United’s starting line up had a lovely mix of experience and young talents, however you may have been fooled into thinking that these youngsters would follow Arsenal’s youngsters into a pit of disgrace, though Old Trafford is named the Theatre of Dreams for a reason.

Ben Foster got a second chance to prove himself in his quest to secure the number 1 shirt from off Van Der Sar’s back. The defensive line of United consisted of starlet Rafael on the right with Gary Neville alongside in the centre to guide and help the youngster; Evans got a run in the central defensive role with O’Shea in his former position at left back. Gary Neville earning another star for United on his road to full match fitness and proudly wore the captains armband. The midfield saw a great mix of old and young, Giggs and Nani started on the wings, supported by Possebon and Gibson in the centre. Anderson played in an attacking midfield position just off Carlos Tevez who played alone up front.
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Despite the young team, Tevez showed what he can produce on a good day with 3 goals for himself and one other which was deflected off a Blackburn midfielder. Nani provided the 5th United goal. The United defence however struggled at times with Gary Neville and Johnny Evans in the central roles allowing Benni McCarthy to slip in an score 2 goals. McCarthy who was a second half substitute slotted his first away within minutes of coming onto the pitch and his second was a 90th minute goal. Derbyshire provided Blackburn's third goal.
Even though the eight goal thriller provided great entertainment and was positive for Blackburn in the fact that they secured 3 goals against United, apart from the fact that is was a second string squad, at Old trafford the result means that United move forward and the win is all that matters.
As an avid United fan the chance to see the new boys coming through the ranks and producing such results against a near full strength Premier division squad, I feel the experience that each of them are gaining in the first team is crucial to the success of United in the future.
United 5 - 3 Blackburn. this result means that United progress through to the next round of the Carling Cup, the semi final draw takes place tomorrow and Unnited will draw one of Tottenham, Burnley or Derby. Arsenal bowed out to Burnley as did Chelsea. and are likely to pose the biggest threat to United in their quest for Silverware.
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