Ferdinand warning to Man Utd youngsters

Rio Ferdinand has warned Manchester United’s youngsters that they will have to mature quickly to stop the club’s season derailing, The Sunday Mirror reports.

After a good start to the season, United have been knocked out of the Carling Cup by Crystal Palace and then the Champions League by Basle. Sir Alex Ferguson has spent big money on young talent such as David De Gea, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, as well as bringing Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley through the ranks at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand acknowledges the talent of each one of those players, but knows they have to become men sooner rather than later. At 33, the England international is one of the elder statesmen at Old Trafford. The experience of Ferdinand will be vital with dealing with the exit from the Champions League.

‘I came to United at the age of 22 and you just don’t get any time to sit back and think about things. It’s down to us all. But we bounced back after the disappointment of 2004 and 2005 and we will do it again. You don’t become a club like ours without having the capacity to bounce back’, Ferdinand said.

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