Sheffield United: Why you can win with kids

Elliott Whitehouse came on as a sub
Elliott Whitehouse came on as a sub
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ALAN Hansen once told Sir Alex Ferguson that you never win anything with kids, writes James Shield.

Chris Morgan might be light years behind the Scottish septuagenarian in terms of managerial experience.

But, like his counterpart at Old Trafford, Sheffield United’s new commander-in-chief vehemently disagrees.

“The youngsters here are all talented,” Morgan, who introduced Joe Ironside, Callum McFadzean and Elliott Whitehouse during last weekend’s victory over Swindon Town, said. “Those three have shown the desire as well.

“I had no qualms about using them in that match and I’ll have no qualms about using them again.”

Seventeen years after Fergie’s fledglings proved Hansen wrong in spectacular fashion, Morgan is adamant home-grown talent can also inspire success at Bramall Lane.

The prize in United’s sights might be promotion to the Championship rather than a league and cup double. But the principle remains the same.

“If you are coming through then you want to be involved in high-pressure games,” Morgan, speaking ahead of tonight’s meeting with Brentford, said. “But it’s nothing new to those three because they were all members of the team which reached the (2011) FA Youth Cup final and the pressure on them then will have been huge.”

United, fifth in the League One table, marked Morgan’s first match at the helm with a deserved victory over fellow contenders Town last weekend. The visit of Uwe Rosler’s side, two places and four points better off in the rankings, represents another pivotal test.

“Youngsters are fearless,” Morgan said. “But we’ve got good experience too.”

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