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Ferdinand underlines importance of League Cup

The League Cup is often dismissed by the bigger clubs in the Premier League, but Rio Ferdinand reckons it provides a great chance for youngsters.

In the past we have seen plenty of youth products handed their first-team chance in the competition, and many of these have progressed onto bigger and better things. This will likely be the case again on Wednesday night, when Newcastle United visit Old Trafford in the third-round of the newly-named Capital One Cup.

Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to give Nick Powell, the summer signing from Crewe Alexandra who marked his Premier League debut with a goal in the 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic earlier this month, a start against the Magpies. Another recent addition, Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez, could also be given a run-out.

And Ferdinand believes there are other youngsters who could feature against Alan Pardew’s side. Not only this, but the experienced England defender insists the United kids are good enough to have a big impact in the competition and ensure progress is made well beyond its current early stages. 

"We have some really talented young players and I'm looking forward to seeing some of them," he told the club's official website. "I'm looking forward to maybe seeing our new signing from Chile, Angelo Henriquez. I'm sure Nick Powell will play and I'm looking forward to seeing him again too as he's a very exciting prospect.

“I'm excited to perhaps see Jesse Lingard play and I think Larnell Cole as well. There is Michael Keane at the back too. There are loads of them and I could go on and on and be here all day. Hopefully they can stamp their authority on the cup this year."

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