Under Sir Alex Ferguson, the Carling Cup has frequently been used as a proving ground for United’s burgeoning young talents; just ask Jonny Evans, who made his Reds debut in last season’s third round clash against Coventry City. Here, he talks us through his team-mates that could be involved on Tuesday against QPR…
Rafael da Silva
Debut: 17 August 2008 v Newcastle United (h)
“Everyone's been really impressed with Rafa. He's more or less pushed his way into the first team picture with a couple of games. I think everyone will remember his game against Peterborough in pre-season where he was outstanding. Both he and his brother are very good going forward, which you'd expect from Brazilian full-backs, they almost play like wingers.”
Fabio da Silva
“The twins have different styles of play. I think they're both right-footed, but Fabio plays at left-back and likes to come inside a bit more. He also did very well when he played against Peterborough, and people behind the scenes are excited about how good the two of them can become. Fabio picked up a shoulder injury recently, so I'm not sure if Middlesbrough will come too soon for him, but he's a really good prospect for the future.”
Debut: 25 October 2006 v Crewe Alexandra (a)
“David came as a right winger, but he was more or less straight away made into a full-back. You'll probably not find a more honest player than David - he'll give everything in a game. He's really quick and very strong in the air and in the tackle, so he makes a really good full-back. I think he's played nearly every position, upfront, midfield, centre-back, full-back... he's probably even played in goal at some point.