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28/09/2012 08:53

Papers: Debutants praised

James Scowcroft writes in The Independent

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The League Cup has always been an important competition, especially for young players. So many have used it as a springboard to start their careers off, including myself. Sir Alex Ferguson sees it as a vital cog in developing youngsters at Old Trafford. He handed debuts to defenders Scott Wootton, Michael Keane, Marnick Vermijl and Ryan Tunnicliffe on Wednesday against Newcastle. It will be a night they will remember for the rest of their lives. It's a massive step up from what they've been used to and the pace of the game will have hit them like a train. It would have been the first time these youngsters have faced playing under pressure from supporters who have paid to watch their team and watch their team win. But Wootton, Keane and Vermijl can be pleased with themselves with their performances in the 2-1 win over Newcastle. All made mistakes, but you learn from them to make you better. It was interesting to see Ferguson and Wayne Rooney continuing to encourage Vermijl, the right-back, to get forward and keep being positive. The youngster made a few rash decisions, especially in the final third, but Rooney knew the importance of helping him through his big night.

The Daily Mail picks Michael Keane as one its five "Capital One Cup kids to watch" after the defender’s performance against Newcastle.

Many of the papers run with the Tom Cleverley quotes first featured on ManUtd.com on Thursday, in which the midfielder declares his intention to score more goals for the Reds.

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