Danny Higginbotham thinks the Capital One Cup could provide David Moyes with an opportunity to blood more of Manchester United's impressive youngsters.
The manager will be determined to progress past Norwich City after disposing of Liverpool in the previous round and has a number of options available with so many squad members looking for a chance to shine.
After watching the Under-21s closely in his role as a co-commentator for MUTV, former Reds defender Higginbotham believes the talent is there within the ranks if Moyes decides to mix things up on Tuesday night with his team selection.
"The thing with Manchester United is they go on all fronts," Higginbotham explained to ManUtd.com. "And I think the cup competitions are no exception.
"It's brilliant and what you want. As far as I can remember, as a supporter, they never belittled the cups and have always done it the right way. Don't get me wrong, Sir Alex played his youngsters but it wasn't just for the sake of it. He picked those he knew were capable of playing for the first team or to see if they could do it.
"When I was here, I played in the League Cup against Aston Villa but Dion Dublin, who I got to know really well, caught me on the temple and knocked me sideways so I had to go off.
A couple of weeks after that, I made the first team again so Sir Alex was one for putting you in. Like David Moyes has shown at Everton, he didn't care about people's ages. He would give you an opportunity if you were good enough."
Higginbotham believes Adnan Januzaj's introduction this term is a perfect illustration of the faith the new manager has in young players.