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McFadden returns to Motherwell until the end of the season

McFadden returns to Motherwell until the end of the season

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Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

16:00 GMT, 17 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:26 GMT, 18 February 2013

Motherwell have confirmed the signing of Scottish winger James McFadden until the end of the season after his short term contract was not renewed by Sunderland.

The 29-year-old had scored 32 goals while he was a teenager at the club before his 1.25million move to Everton.

The announcement caused so much interest among Motherwell fans that their official club website crashed in the immediate aftermath of the news.

Genius: James McFadden scored 26 goals in 63 games for Motherwell

Genius: James McFadden scored 26 goals in 63 games for Motherwell

He had attracted interest from two other
SPL clubs, which meant Motherwell moved fast to tie down, and he may be
available to play as early as Tuesday against Dundee United.

Talks had
continued from last week as McFadden was keen to rejoin the side he
last played for in August 2003, in a 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle.

According to The Sun, last week manager Stuart McCall didn't want to talk about the McFadden situation directly, saying: 'He's a talented player but there's nothing more to report than that.

'We provide facilities for a few of our former players. Marc Fitzpatrick is in training with us and I think Paul Slane is coming in next week as well.

McFadden wanted to get a deal sorted out as soon as possible to move back to his former hunting ground and was at their 3-0 win against Inverness on Saturday.

Home sweet home: McFadden was at Fir Park on Saturday to watch Motherwell

Home sweet home: McFadden was at Fir Park on Saturday to watch Motherwell

The club are hoping that McFadden will not only boost morale in the team, but also attract more numbers to Fir Park.

The winger, who was originally known for the number of dribbles he made in games for the North-Lanarkshrie club, moved to Sunderland last October but only made three substitue appearances, totaling just 34 minutes.

Capped: An in-form McFadden would be fighting for a Scotland place again

Capped: An in-form McFadden would be fighting for a Scotland place again

England and Italy fight for Sheffield United striker Diego de Girolamo

England face fight with Italy for the future of United, City and Arsenal target De Girolamo

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08:18 GMT, 20 December 2012

England are locked in a battle Italy over the future of one of Europe's most talented youngsters.

Sheffield United striker Diego de Girolamo was born in Chesterfield, but qualifies for the Azzurri through his father, who enjoy a top flight career in Italy with Napoli.

The 17-year-old was watched closely by the likes of Arsenal and the two Manchester teams last season after some show-stopping performances for Sheffield United Under 18s.

Pedigree: Blades striker Diego de Girolamo is wanted by England and Italy

Pedigree: Blades striker Diego de Girolamo is wanted by England and Italy

Talks planned: Noel Blake

Talks planned: Noel Blake

However, despite firm interest from some of the country's biggest clubs, De Girolamo signed a three-year professional contract at Bramall Lane.

And now he has another big decision to make with England U18s coach Noel Blake and Italian counterpart Alberigo Evani both seeking talks

A source told the Sun: 'Italy believe they are favourites to persuade Diego to play for them and are confident of winning the battle for his allegiance.

'They have some U18 games coming up shortly and they could force the issue by calling him up.'

De Girolamo took the latest step in his career when he was handed a first-team debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The situation is similar to that of Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby, who Sportsmail revealed two years ago had slipped under England's radar. The talented playmaker was eligible for the Three Lions through his father, but was picked first for Germany, the country of his birth.

Rugby Autumn Internationals immortalised in Lego

Now you can never Lego of history! Ashton and Tuilagi brilliance immortalised as toys

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17:35 GMT, 13 December 2012

England rugby kit sponsors Canterbury have teamed up with talented filmmaker and animator Graham Love to create a brilliant Lego film which tells the story of the autumn internationals.

The innovative clip lasts one minute and 18 seconds and begins with Tim Visser scoring Scotland’s first try against New Zealand for an incredible seven years, though the Scots were beaten 51-22 by the All Blacks, who maintained their 107-year long unbeaten record against the Tartan Army.

The next international star to be immortalised into Lego is the Samoan George Pisi as he storms to a try in their shock 19-26 victory against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

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Ash Splash! England's unforgettable win over New Zealand in the Autumn Internationals has been immortalised in Lego by filmmaker Graham Love

Ash Splash! England's unforgettable win over New Zealand in the Autumn Internationals has been immortalised in Lego by filmmaker Graham Love

The clip progresses with Manu Tuilagi’s controversial try as England fell to a defeat against South Africa and cheekily pokes fun at England’s rugby purple kit, displaying a tweet from Graham Love that says: 'Stick to white. #Englandisall.'

There is even space to make reference to the resignation of Andy Robinson, Scotland’s head coach, after Tonga defeated Scotland 15-21 at Pittodrie on November 24, with a mocked-up newspaper front page called The Scotsboy declaring: “You’ve been Tongaed”.

Silverware: The film features great moments from the Autumn matches involving all the Home Nations

Silverware: The film features great moments from the Autumn matches involving all the Home Nations

The film, however, ends on a triumphant note as Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi score tries as England defeat New Zealand at Twickenham to bring an end to the All-Blacks 20 match run of games undefeated.

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Paula Radcliffe decision to keep on racing welcomed by UK athletics chief

Radcliffe decision to keep on racing welcomed by head of UK athletics

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13:02 GMT, 10 December 2012

UK Athletics head coach Peter Eriksson has welcomed Paula Radcliffe's determination to resume her career next year, insisting only she knows when it is time to retire.

Radcliffe was unable to compete in the marathon at this summer’s London Olympics due to injury, and lost her Lottery funding as she is no longer seen as a realistic medal contender in global championships.

But despite turning 39 next Monday, the marathon world record holder said she is 'desperate' to return to competition in 2013.

Flying the flag: Radcliffe has vowed to continue racing

Flying the flag: Radcliffe has vowed to continue racing

'I know she had an operation on her foot and it will take some time for her to get back to running, but I see it as very positive if she is still hungry to perform,' Eriksson told the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC Radio Five Live.

'If she does the right things and doesn’t push it too hard, I think she will be fine.

'The athletes know by themselves when it’s time to retire and they have to come to terms with that on their own, it’s nothing you force people into.

'She is a very talented athlete and if she is hungry to race then I think that’s great for us.'

Eriksson was appointed in October and is helping to oversee UKA’s plans for a single high performance institute in Loughborough.

Loughborough will be used as 'the engine' of British athletics according to Eriksson, but the Swede acknowledged that the likes of Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Adam Gemili will not be required to use the facility on a full-time basis.

Greek tragedy: Radcliffe pulled up during the marathon at 2004 Olympics

Greek tragedy: Radcliffe pulled up during the marathon at 2004 Olympics

Gemili’s coach Michael Afilaka lost his
full-time position with UK Athletics recently and the 19-year-old world
junior champion does not want to move from his London base to work with
another coach in Loughborough.

'I talked to him and he is very
comfortable in his environment,” Eriksson said. 'We have supported his
coach this year and we will find a way to do that in the future.

'We are having coach-based support so there will be some funding going towards Adam’s coaching. He is really keen on staying where he is because he goes to the university, he is close to the training facility and has his coach there so I don’t see a reason to change that at all.

Tough cookie: Radcliffe is desperate to return to competition next year

Tough cookie: Radcliffe is desperate to return to competition next year

'We need to ensure that each athlete and their coach get as much support as we can give them and we need to build a team, but in addition to that we also have a lot of athletes coming up in under-18, under-20, under-23 age groups that are performing really well.

'We need to have those and turn them into medallists and that’s why we try to hire the best coaches and have one central hub that is the engine of the sport.

'You don’t want to take an athlete out of their environment where they are comfortable and have good support, but we also want them to come and be part of the centre. They can come and go, they don’t have to live there, to move anywhere.

'Mo Farah and Jess Ennis have a great environment so why change that We just have to optimise it for them.'

Eriksson also reiterated that, unlike his predecessor Charles van Commenee, he has a good relationship with triple jumper Phillips Idowu, who failed to reach the Olympic final after a controversial and injury-hit build-up.

'He is aiming to bring back a gold medal at the World Championships (in Moscow next year) and I am looking forward to seeing him back on the team again,' Eriksson added.

'If he is fully healed from all his injuries, which he is now, there is no reason why he shouldn’t perform good again so you have to say it’s over now and we have to move forward and do better.'

Vincent Kompany sets up his own record label

Kompany set to top charts on and off the pitch, as City captain sets up own record label

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13:50 GMT, 8 December 2012

The move from football to the pop charts is not a traditional one, though there have been players, such as Ian Wright and Andy Cole, who felt they could turn their hand to music.

For the most part these forays into the music business tend to be unsuccessful, but Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany seems to think he can buck the trend, and has launched his own record label.

Perhaps the Belgian will have more success on the business side than those who chose to step in front of a microphone. He also took on a Business Masters earlier this year, proving himself to be a multi-talented man.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany talks to teammates in training

Kompany will be looking forward to tomorrow's Premier League clash with Manchester United

Vincent Company celebrates in his Manchester City strip

The Manchester City skipper has launched a new record label aiming to discover young musical talent

The as yet unnamed label has already recruited two artists – 20-year-old Jasper Erkens, a singer-songwriter, and a rapper named Coely.

The 18-year-old has already had musical success in Belgium with her single called Ain’t Chasing Pavements.

His partner in the venture, record producer Klaas Gaublomme, said that the Manchester City star is the perfect man to inspire the young artists they are looking to sign.

Manchester City's captain Vincent Kompany launches his own record label

The Belgian is also studying for a Business Masters

‘Vincent has made it all the way from being a street footballer to the very highest level,’ he said. ‘So he is the ideal person to accompany young musical talent with his knowledge and experience.’

‘The idea of him having a record label came up during one of our trips to the Congo, where Vincent works as an ambassador for the SOS Children’s Villages charity.

‘Vincent will principally stay in Manchester and identify new acts from there. We won’t act rashly.’

The defender will be gearing up for Sunday’s derby clash with Premier League leaders Manchester United, where City will attempt to knock the Reds off the top spot.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Dan Carter assesses the teams

Now that England have beaten us, they must use home advantage in 2015

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 2 December 2012

One thing is certain when the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, to be held in England, is made on Monday— defending champions New Zealand are already the favourites.

Here the All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter gives his assessment of the teams most likely to challenge his country.

AUSTRALIA

They are always a dangerous side. Australia do not have the depth of some of the other top teams, but they always produce their share of very talented players.

Given they do not have quite that depth, it is going to be important they do not get too many injuries. At the moment they have a young side who are only going to get better.

Flying high: Australia will be contenders at the next World Cup

Flying high: Australia will be contenders at the next World Cup

Australia are going to learn a lot from the Lions series next year and I am sure that when the World Cup comes around they are going to be a genuine threat. Their back line are especially talented, and can break open any team in the world.

SOUTH AFRICA

I have watched them a lot lately. It has been a long season for South Africa and they are in something of a transition.

They have a new coach and lost some key players after the last World Cup and are looking towards the future as well, but you can already see some younger guys coming through. They will have learned a lot this year.

Traditionally South Africa are a very strong side physically, with immense power, and you always know that it is going to be a huge battle with them. There are very big men up front who can really take it to the opposition, and they service their backs very well.

FRANCE

The French have really impressed me. We all know what happened at the last World Cup and once they got to the knockout stages they played fantastically well. We saw in this autumn series, with that big win over Australia, what they are capable of and that will have been great for French confidence.

In with a shout: France can blow hot and cold at major tournaments

In with a shout: France can blow hot and cold at major tournaments

Of course there is always this thing about them that you are never quite sure what you are going to get, but they are able to beat any side on their day and are another nation who always produce their share of very talented players.

When everything comes together France are very strong.

ARGENTINA

They are genuine outside contenders and have always shown what they can do at World Cups. They have had a history of catching teams by surprise, maybe because people have seen them less than other sides.

Now that they are playing Australia, New Zealand and South Africa on a regular basis they might lose some surprise, but that will be outweighed by the experience it gives them. Argentina beat Wales convincingly the other week and by the time the competition comes round you would fully expect them to be better. I’m impressed by their loose forwards, workaholics who love the rough stuff.

They scrummage well and the backs are skilful.

ENGLAND

When you are hosting the World Cup it is important to see it as wholly a positive thing and not a burden. Some people can feel the pressure because of the expectation — we know about that in New Zealand. But as an individual player you have to think that it does not get any better than this, playing at home in familiar surroundings, and that you are going to use it to your advantage and embrace the challenge.

On form: England impressed in beating New Zealand on Saturday

On form: England impressed in beating New Zealand on Saturday

If England do that then they are going to be very difficult to beat. They are still experimenting a little bit at the moment and developing a lot of players. The World Cup is three years away so they have plenty of time. I am sure they will develop more consistency in the next couple of years.

WALES

I know they have had some disappointing results, but I would not worry too much. The form they showed at the last World Cup suggested they can be real contenders. I would say the last month has been more of a hiccup that they will have learned from. You always feel this sense of pride they have when you play Wales.

Some of the younger guys like Sam Warburton have put their hands up and it is important that those guys who have already shown they can do it at the highest level now push on in their careers so others can follow. It looks to me like they have quite a few good young players who will emerge.

SCOTLAND

They have had their struggles in the last few years, but they love their rugby and are a very proud nation. I am sure they will be working hard to turn things around. The new coach will have quite a bit to work with, although they are never going to have quite the depth of England, which makes it even more important that they properly develop their best players.

IRELAND

A quality side with world-class players. I always find it a tough match playing against Ireland. They have a strong mental edge and are the kind of team who, if they get on a roll with some confidence, are a hard team to play against.

Tough: Ireland are hard to beat when they're on top form

Tough: Ireland are hard to beat when they're on top form

You have to start well against them and they are a try-scoring team, so you have to stop them getting that momentum. At the moment Ireland have got some fantastic players with a lot of experience and I guess there is going to be a job over the next few years blending the experience with younger players who are going to come through. I really enjoyed watching their recent game with Argentina.

An outsider to watch out for

If you look at the Pacific Island nations there are some great individuals now playing all around the world. These are tough teams to play against, as Samoa and Tonga have shown recently. They seem to love playing against the bigger nations and never hold back. They love the physical side of the game, so if any bigger team has a bad day against them they are likely to be in trouble.

Interview: Mike Dickson

Jack Wilshere and Tom Cleverley for middle England

Wilshere and Cleverley – the boys destined to be England's middle men

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12:45 GMT, 5 November 2012

They have been billed as the future of the England team, the talented pair who can run the midfield for Roy Hodgson when Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard finally hang up their boots, and on Saturday Tom Cleverley and Jack Wilshere went head-to-head in the lunchtime kick-off at Old Trafford.

It offered an intriguing glimpse of the future of the national team, and could be the defining clash of United versus Arsenal in years to come.

Wilshere, in only his second game back from a 17-month injury lay-off, played a more advanced role for Arsenal.

Middle men: Tom Cleverley slides in to challenge Jack Wilshere at Old Trafford

Middle men: Tom Cleverley slides in to challenge Jack Wilshere at Old Trafford

His average position was just over the half-way line, whereas Cleverley had the majority of his touches in his own half.

Both made around 40 passes during the game, but Wilshere hit a far greater proportion of his passes in a forward direction – 27 per cent to Cleverley's 12 per cent.

Although it may be reflection of the shape of the game, in which a comfortable United side enjoyed the lions share of possession and territory and defended their lead by passing the ball around the pitch, Cleverley also hit double the number of passes backwards than Wilshere.

He's off: Arsenal midfielder Wilshere was shown the red card against United

He's off: Arsenal midfielder Wilshere was shown the red card against United

Most tellingly, Wilshere did not hit a single long ball (any pass 35 yards or longer) before he was sent off in the 69th minute, while in Cleverley's 61 minutes on the pitch before he was substituted, he hit 17 per cent of his passes over 35 yards or more.

The United midfielder was the most accurate passer on the pitch – hitting his intended target with an astonishing 98 per cent of his passes. Wilshere, meanwhile, hit the target with only 89 per cent.

But neither player made single pass that set up a goal-scoring opportunity.

Committed: Cleverley (right) also found himself in trouble with the referee

Committed: Cleverley (right) also found himself in trouble with the referee

Defensively, Cleverley made three tackles in the game (and attempted nine) while Wilshere failed to make single tackle (and still managed to get himself sent off).

In possession, the Arsenal tyro lost the ball an alarming 11 times, whereas Cleverley protected it far more effectively, only losing the ball twice.

England's new Gerrard-Lampard axis Let's just hope they can play together.

Joe Cole"s fall from grace at Liverpool

Subbed at half-time and lambasted by his manager and fans alike, how Cole became Ordinary Joe

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22:45 GMT, 1 November 2012

Leaving familiar surroundings behind and heading north to Merseyside was always going to be a journey into the unknown for born-and-bred Londoner Joe Cole.

He is unlikely, however, to have expected the list of new experiences to include being ridiculed by his own supporters and told a supermarket trolley would have fared better down Liverpool’s left, on a rare appearance in the starting line-up.

An ignominious 3-1 Capital One Cup home defeat by Swansea was never likely to elicit a sympathetic response from Anfield patrons, but it must still have been galling for Cole to read one tweet that claimed he should be replaced in Brendan Rodgers’s squad by ‘an upside down shopping trolley’.

Off the pace: Cole (right) made his Liverpool comeback on Wednesday night

Off the pace: Cole (right) made his Liverpool comeback on Wednesday night

JOE COLE BY NUMBERS

100 number of minutes of football he has managed this season

3.1m cost per goal scored by Cole, who has managed only three for Liverpool

16 the number of passes he has made in two Premier League appearances this season

2 shots in the Premier League, both of which were off target

90,000 Cole’s weekly wage

36 appearances in two years since joining Liverpool

10.7m Cole’s earnings since arriving at Anfield. Liverpool have paid 9.4m, with the rest funded by Lille

Rodgers himself set the tone for
widespread condemnation of the former England forward’s first start
since August 2 by substituting him at half-time and bluntly telling him
he had blown his big chance.

The Liverpool manager even turned the
spotlight on Cole’s 90,000-a-week wages, saying: ‘The club have
invested an astronomical amount of money in a talented player, and Joe
had the opportunity to show what he could do.

‘But the way we started was too slow and not what I expected from a team I tried to set up to be dynamic.’

While managers tend to be mindful of players’ sensitivities, fans tell it like it is, and the tweeters did not hold back.

One claimed he could not imagine a
worse performance by a Premier League footballer, another suggested he
should be fined two weeks’ wages for playing so badly, while there was
the inevitable vitriol about his salary being a ‘real waste of money’.

All this about a player Steven
Gerrard hailed as better than Lionel Messi when he arrived from Chelsea
on a Bosman free on July 2010.

Disappointed: Cole was hauled off by Rodgers at half-time

Disappointed: Cole was hauled off by Rodgers at half-time

The Liverpool skipper knew Cole from
their England days and said: ‘Messi can do some amazing things, but
anything he can do, Joe can do as well, if not better.

'He used to shock us in training by
doing footy tricks with a golf ball that most players can’t even do with
a football. I really fancy Joe for Footballer of the Year this season.’

It was a view not universally shared,
not even by Cole, who subsequently confessed he was at a loss to
explain why Liverpool signed him.

Or who wanted him, for that matter.
With Rafa Benitez having left a month earlier, managing director
Christian Purslow appeared to be the driving force behind a deal that
raised eyebrows among the Fenway Sports Group when they took over soon
after. Cole was approaching his 29th birthday but had been awarded a
four-year contract worth almost 20million.

Cole was almost as perplexed as he
reflected on a summer that began with Benitez’s departure and ended with
Roy Hodgson’s appointment.

He said: ‘I have racked my brains
trying to think, but I don’t know who signed me for Liverpool, whether
it was Rafa or the board. I really don’t know.

False dawn: Cole got some spark back while on loan at Lille but has dropped off

False dawn: Cole got some spark back while on loan at Lille but has dropped off

False dawn: Cole got some spark back while on loan at Lille but has dropped off

‘But under Roy, I got the impression
straight away I was not his type of player. He was asking me to do
things that were not natural to me. When pressure starts to build up on a
manager, it is usually young players or flair players who get the
hook.’

Such uncertainty perhaps explains why
he failed to shine at Anfield and looked a shadow of the player whose
wonder goal for England against Sweden was one of the talking points of
the 2006 World Cup.

A season-long loan at Lille restored
not only some zest to his game but a belief that he could yet prove
himself at Anfield. Three months on and after a calamitous 45 minutes,
he has been forced to accept that Rodgers may be no more enamoured with
him than Hodgson was.

Joe Cole comeback poor Liverpool Twitter

What HAS happened to Joe Cole He was so poor, a Liverpool fan wants him replaced… with a shopping trolley!

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10:51 GMT, 1 November 2012

Yet another comeback from Joe Cole ended in disappointment and the Liverpool midfielder left Anfield after a 3-1 Capital One Cup exit to Swansea with manager Brendan Rodgers less than impressed.

The former England international, who turns 31 next week, made his first start since the Europa League qualifier against Gomel on August 2 but lasted just 45 minutes.

And Liverpool fans were quick to attack Cole on Twitter. One said he was starting a petition to replace Cole in the team with an 'upside down shopping trolley.' Another said he could not imagine a worse performance by a Premier League footballer.

Off the pace: Cole (right) made his Liverpool comeback on Wednesday night

Off the pace: Cole (right) made his Liverpool comeback on Wednesday night

Another @jd77 Tweeted: 'Is there no way Liverpool can fine Cole 2 weeks wages for playing s**** And @LFCTransferNRS wrote: 'Cole is on 90k per week wages for THOSE kind of performances from last night. He's a real waste of money.'

Cole was trending on Twitter yesterday morning as fans attacked his performance. He was withdrawn at half-time for captain Steven Gerrard with Rodgers admitting former Swans star Joe Allen was the only midfielder to perform well in the opening 45 minutes.

Chico Flores and Nathan Dyer put the visitors 2-0 up and, although another interval substitute Luis Suarez quickly reduced the deficit, Jonathan de Guzman added a third in added time.

'The club have invested an astronomical amount of money on a talented player and Joe had the opportunity,' said Rodgers.

'He has been back fit a couple of weeks and his opportunities have been limited but you have to see.

'I thought it was difficult for him, it was too slow and it wasn't what I would expect from a team I tried to set up to be dynamic.'

Cole, signed on a free transfer from Chelsea by Roy Hodgson on wages of 100,000 a week, spent last season on loan at Lille.

He returned to Anfield this summer determined to make an impression on a manager he knew from their time together at Stamford Bridge but he is just not fitting in and further first-team chances appear slim.

Disappointed: Cole was hauled off by Rodgers at half-time

Disappointed: Cole was hauled off by Rodgers at half-time

Rodgers was unhappy with his side's first-half performance in particular and was gracious to admit his former club deserved their victory.

'I thought the best team won. We were too slow, there was no tempo in the first half,' admitted the Northern Irishman, who left south Wales to take over from Kenny Dalglish at Anfield in June.

'It is disappointing. You can only hurt (from the result) if you are the better team and I thought they were the better team.

'I am disappointed to be out of the competition but I don't think we can have any complaints.'

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, having succeeded Rodgers, hailed the club's achievement of reaching the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time.

Marching on: Swansea progressed to the quarter-finals

Marching on: Swansea progressed to the quarter-finals

'I think we deserved the win and it is not very often you can say that as a manager playing at Anfield against Liverpool,' said the former Denmark international, whose side now have a home tie against npower Championship side Middlesbrough.

'To win at Anfield is great so maybe it is (the best performance of his short reign).

'For 80 minutes we played a really good game with some fantastic counter-attacks and it was nice to watch.

'It is the first time the club has gone so far in the competition and to be in the last eight is great.

'It is a great achievement for the squad and the fans and now we can enjoy it but not for too long because we have another big game at Chelsea.'

Chelsea v Manchester United – guide to the young stars on show

Who is going to shine The young stars to look out for at Chelsea and United

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12:24 GMT, 31 October 2012

Both Manchester United and Chelsea are set to put their faith in youth as they go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup. Sportsmail takes a look at the players who could stand out for their sides.

CHELSEA

Chelsea’s blockbuster buys have been the main attraction at Stamford Bridge this season, but tonight some of Chelsea’s new young stars will hope to impress.

Victor Moses was already a Premier League regular when he joined from Wigan in the summer.

Looking to make his name: Victor Moses made a big money move to Chelsea from Wigan in the summer

Looking to make his name: Victor Moses made a big money move to Chelsea from Wigan in the summer

Powerful and direct, the 21-year-old winger has featured six times already this season and scored against Wolves in the last round of the Capital One Cup.

Lucas Piazon is another highly rated Chelsea talent. The 18-year-old Brazilian forward joined the club in January 2012 and made his debut in the last round against Wolves.

Shining star: Lucas Piazon is highly thought of at Stamford Bridge

Shining star: Lucas Piazon is highly thought of at Stamford Bridge

Watch out for right back Cesar Azpilicueta, 23, and fellow Spaniard Oriol Romeu, 21, who has already made a name for himself at Stamford Bridge.

Forgotten man Marko Marin, 23, will also feature. The German has been overshadowed by Eden Hazard and Oscar.

MANCHESTER UNITED

United have a fine record of producing talented youngsters and tonight’s game will give four more the chance to shine.

Scott Wootton, 21, is a centre back who joined from Liverpool in 2007 and has already featured for United in the Champions League this season. With loan spells at Tranmere, Peterborough and Nottingham Forest under his belt, the versatile defender finally looks ready to make the step up.

Capital gain: Scott Wootton is ready to step up

Capital gain: Scott Wootton is ready to step up

Also watch out for Belgian Marnick Vermijl, 20, an attack-minded right back, and defender Michael Keane, 19, who was voted Reserves Player of the Year.

New signing Nick Powell joined from Crewe in the summer and the talented 18-year-old midfielder is already training with United’s first team.

Ready to shine: Nick Powell has stepped up to Manchester United from Crewe

Ready to shine: Nick Powell has stepped up to Manchester United from Crewe