With over 300 games and six major honours to his name, John O’Shea knows exactly what it takes to make the grade at Old Trafford.
A product of United’s Academy system, the Irish international has been hugely impressed by the club’s latest crop of young talent. And, as he tells United Review, he's hopeful they can get the Reds to Wembley...
The manager has given the younger lads a chance in the Carling Cup this term – how impressed have you been with them?
They’ve been brilliant. I see it every day in training and that’s why the manager has given them their opportunity. A lot has been made about other teams and how good their young kids are, but ours are definitely up there with the best of them. Just look at what Danny Welbeck did against Stoke. There are others as well - Possebon, Rafael, his brother Fabio, Gibson, Jonny Evans… it’s a credit to everyone at the club as to how well they’re doing.
As you said Welbeck certainly made a big impression against Stoke – what do you make of him and did you have a good view of his goal?
It looked like it was going straight at the keeper from where I was sat, but then it swerved away into the corner. It was an amazing goal, but a terrible celebration! When you score a goal like that it makes you hungry for more. He’s a confident young lad, but also very down to earth. He’s like a secret addition for us this season. Obviously other teams are aware of him now after that goal, but he’s something different to what we’ve got – he’s one of a kind.
You’re only 27 but do you feel a responsibility to help the younger lads when they come into the side?
Not particularly because they already have the right attitude and a great ability to match. It’s just a case of doing your job on the night wherever you’re asked to play. The more experience they get, the more confident they’ll become.
Having reached the semi-finals, Wembley is now within touching distance...
Yes it's close, but you know that in order to get there you have to put in some hard graft. It’s not as easy as people think because we’ve got a two-legged semi-final to play and they’re always tough games. You’ve just got to believe in yourselves.
For the remainder of the competition, would you like the manager to stick with the lads who have played so far?