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Man U youngsters not upto scratch: Ex-full-back


December 2, 2010 - London

Manchester United's current crop of youngsters are simply not good enough, feels former full-back Viv Anderson.

Anderson passed his judgment after watching Alex Ferguson's team crashed 4-0 at West Ham in Tuesday's Carling Cup quarterfinal.

Jonny Evans, 22, played alongside 21-year-old Chris Smalling at the heart of the defence, with Fabio, 20, at right-back. All three had shockers and Gabriel Obertan, 21, and 20-year-old Bebe were no better in midfield.

Anderson, 54, told the club's own TV channel, MUTV: "I don't think they are quite up to the task everyone thinks they are.

"We changed the whole back five, including the goalkeeper. And that is a bit of an ask," The Sun quoted him, as saying further.

"It has backfired on Ferguson, you could see that in his face. He is going to have to really think about the younger lads, they cannot match up to the expectations of this club," Anderson said.

ANI

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