Man Utd to go with youth for Besiktas tie

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is set to give his youngsters a chance to get Champions League experience on Wednesday night as Besiktas come to Old Trafford, with Darron Gibson, Rafael, Gabriel Obertan, Danny Welbeck and Federico Macheda all set to start.

Ferguson told Manutd.com: “Gibson will definitely play, and young Rafa as well. It’s a great challenge for these players. We’re also thinking of starting Gabriel Obertan to see how he does.”

On the subject of Darron Gibson, the Man Utd boss gave the green light for more regular first team appearances: “He’s not had the amount of football that he’d wish for, I wish I’d been able to give him more games, but he has a lot of competition from Carrick, Anderson, Scholes, Fletcher, and Giggs if I choose to play him there.”

“But, credit to Darron, he’s never let it unsettle him. His training performances have been excellent. Every session he comes in knowing that it’s worthwhile. He has a purpose about his training. For quite a few weeks we’ve been saying, you can’t hold a young one back. They tell you that themselves. And I think Darron is approaching that. He has become a very good, powerful midfield player.”

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