Don’t expect to see Manchester United’s kids just yet

Manchester United

Despite securing the Premier League title, there is little chance of United playing the kids in their remaining four games.

The feeling among some football observers was that the quicker Manchester United secured the Premier League title, the sooner they would give precious game time to their young players.

But fans expecting Sir Alex Ferguson to rest his superstars and blood his youngsters are set to be disappointed.

In seasons past that is exactly what would have happened. But having been eliminated from both the FA Cup and the Champions League before the semi-final stage, United have no reason to rest a single player.

In fact with the pressure off and the party most certainly on, Ferguson will find it hard to drop anyone, so keen will they be to play in every remaining minute of the campaign.

So while the substitutes’ bench may now have a smattering of youth amid the experience, only Nick Powell is likely to see extended game time.

The rest of United’s under-21s – the likes of Adnan Januzaj, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Jesse Lingard – will have to make do with cameos at best.

A trip to Arsenal and a visit from Chelsea are not the occasions to be sentimental. And when Ferguson has stressed his desire to accrue a record points total, expect to see more of the same in terms of team selection.

When you count Javier Hernandez in your second string, the next wave of fledglings have some way to go even to make a game that means all-but-nothing.

Instead these remaining fixtures will be the chance for some players to attempt records and others to show their manager they should feature in his long-term plans.

For the likes of Nani and Anderson, these matches could be their last for the club. Those awaiting their first may be waiting a little bit longer.

But for all the elation, the manager must surely be wishing he could give debuts and initiate dreams. Were that the case, it would mean his club were still in at least one cup competition.

It is a sombre reflection for another day; because in truth his primary focus this season was to regain the title and he has done that both emphatically and gleefully.

But there may be a sense of if only for Ferguson in those remaining four games. It is after all that sense of frustration in missed opportunities that makes him who he is.

Ultimately the kids will get their chance. But with the league his only commitment, Ferguson won’t just want to win it. He will want to win it like never before.

Which young players deserve to play for United between now and the end of the season? And do you think they will be given the chance?

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