Ferguson to continue with United's Carling Cup policy

Sir Alex Ferguson has vowed to carry on giving youth a chance in the Carling Cup.

After winning the tournament last season with a squad based on youngsters, Ferguson sees no reason why Manchester United should abandon that philosophy this term.

Beating Wolves 1-0 at Old Trafford to book a fourth round berth would have been able proof that the strategy is working. The fact Fabio was sent off for a professional foul, leaving United to complete the final hour with only 10 men just emphasised it.

"It does excite me that I can give the young lads a chance in this competition," said Ferguson.

"It is the only thing we can do.

"It is good for them to get the experience of playing at Old Trafford. It is a good breeding ground for young players."

England Under-21 star Daniel Welbeck was the main beneficiary last night, netting a stylish winner midway through the second half after exchanging passes with Michael Owen.

The born and bred Mancunian featured in last year's final, as well as the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Everton and it clearly making a positive impression on the Old Trafford hierarchy.

"It was a fantastic goal. The passing and the finish were top quality," said Ferguson.

"The angle Michael Owen created made it easy for him."

Ferguson is now dreaming of a home tie with Peterborough, which would mean a match-up with son Darren, a former United player.

For Wolves boss Mick McCarthy, it is an extended period of Premier League action, knowing every point is vital in a bid to claw their way to respectability.

"We have been in the Premier League for three months," he said.

"That doesn't make us a Premier League team. We are a football club that has got itself into the Premier League and for most of the time we have competed.

"Manchester United are arguably the best team in Europe. Liverpool have a similar set-up. And Arsenal.

"We are snotty nosed kids coming up from the Championship.

"Is it a case of us coming up here and having our bellies tickled and for them to say "Thanks for coming"?

"I don't like that. But it is part of the learning process."

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