Fergie wants youngsters' focus

Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck can now focus on Manchester United following their recent international commitments.

The teenage strike duo have yet to feature for the United first team this season after bursting on to the scene last term.

Ferguson has acknowledged his frustration that the promising youngsters have not previously been at his disposal so far this season and hopes Italian ace Macheda and England Under 21 international Welbeck are now ready to push for roles in his plans.

"I just think that they are away that much with the youth squads they have forgotten where their real place is," said Ferguson.

"Welbeck has been called away so much with every single England squad I don't know if he is our player or their player!

"He is in every squad that is picked. The only squad he has not been in is the full squad.

"Macheda has been away with Italy youth teams all the time. He has hardly been with us."

However, Macheda and Welbeck are both expected to start Wednesday evening's Carling Cup third-round tie against Wolves, live on Sky Sports 2.

Source: Sky Sports
Date Published: 23 September 2009