United gamble on reserves in semi-final

LONDON - Teenage striker Federico Macheda made his first start for Manchester United as manager Alex Ferguson gambled on a largely reserve side to beat Everton in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday. Ferguson included only central defenders Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and midfielder Anderson from the side that beat Porto 1-0 in the Champions League last week, leaving out most of his recognised first team. "We have got so many important games coming up I have had to make changes, I cannot play my best team in every game," Ferguson told BBC Radio. Italian 17-year-old Macheda, who has scored twice for United in two substitute appearances in the Premier League, lined up in attack with Carlos Tevez. UNITED FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Wayne Rooney, Peter Schmeichel, Carlos Tevez Q&A Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistlerooy One on One David Beckham, George Best Ask A Silly Question Bryan Robson Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson Perfect XI Garth Crooks, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona What Happened Next? David May, Norman Whiteside Sing When You’re Winning Dominic Monaghan, Ian Brown And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate United players (and others) on Talentspotter