Sir Alex bemoans demands on starlets

Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed his frustration at the demands of international duties on his younger players.

"They're away that much with the youth squads they have forgotten where their real place is," said the Manchester United manager.

Ferguson bemoaned the responsibilities placed upon young strikers Danny Welbeck and Federico Macheda, who have been serving for England and Italy respectively.

"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's 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."

Both players are expected to feature in Wednesday's Carling Cup clash with Wolves.