Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has indicated he will utilise the younger members of his squad during the final games of the season, and may be ready to hand a debut to highly rated teenager Adnan Januzaj.
Despite having already sealed their 20th Premier League title earlier this week, United still have testing games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Swansea City and West Brom to attend to, driven by the added incentive to secure a record points haul in a Premier League season.
While Ferguson will be desperate to top the league with a points total that eclipses the one achieved by Jose Mourinho and Chelsea in 2004/05, he has suggested he will try to find game time for the younger members, particularly those who have struggled for game time in recent weeks.
"A lot of younger players, the ones who have been on the fringes for the last weeks, I desperately want them to feel their contribution has been big," Ferguson said, speaking to MUTV. Chicharito, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Nani - I think it is important to get them involved in the last few weeks."
The Premier League champions have also registered their highly rated starlet Adnan Januzaj with the first team squad, according to a member of the club's media team, suggesting Ferguson may be prepared to gift the 18-year-old his first team debut.
#MUFC have registered Adnan Januzaj with squad number 44.
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The former Anderlecht youngster has made significant strides following an injury-ridden first year in Manchester, having impressed for United's U21 ranks in his advanced midfield role this season. His performances have already caught the eye of Ferguson, who may be tempted to give the Belgian his first taste of first team football before the season ends.
"Adnan is a beautifully balanced player," Ferguson told the club's official website in March. "He's only 18 and still to grow into his frame. But he has good balance, good acceleration and he's a very good technical player."
United travel to the Emirates Stadium this Sunday, where Robin van Persie could receive the guard of honour from his former Arsenal teammates. Although Ferguson has indicated a youthful approach may take precedence, the Scot is planning to revert to his old guard of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanka Vidic in defence.
"Two of the players played with an injury throughout the [Villa] game, Ferguson added. "Jonny Evans and Michael Carrick. Next week, I should Vida and Rio back and I can put Jones into the middle of the pitch and play Vida and Rio together and we'll get the experience going to Arsenal."