Manchester United's Rafael ruled out for a month

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Manchester United youngsters Darren Gibson and Danny Wellbeck have been promised a place in the starting line-up for Sunday's Carling Cup final with Tottenham.

Sir Alex Ferguson has taken the decision to stick with a youthful line-up as United look to secure the first trophy in a possible clean sweep.

The Manchester United manager has also confirmed that Rafael Da Silva will be out for a month with an ankle injury.

Robbie Keane, Wilson Palacios, Carlo Cudicini and Pascal Chimbonda are ineligible to play for Tottenham having already played in the competition for different clubs.

Tottenham captain Ledley King is hopeful of playing while last year's Carling Cup hero Jonathan Woodgate appears to have recovered from the injury sustained at Hull.