Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins feels Andre Villas-Boas should follow Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson's lead in handling his veterans.

Wilkins thinks Ferguson's management of established stars such as Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand, while also bringing through younger players, is an example he should follow.

He said: "It's very important that when Andre is dealing with the senior players that those discussions have to take place.

"You see how well Sir Alex Ferguson manages the likes of Scholes and Giggs and Ferdinand, he manages them magnificently well - not only the playing time but also as human beings.

"There has got to be conversation and if Andre is asking for their opinion, then he shouldn't be too shocked when the opinion comes back because they are very powerful and very strong personalities, these guys he's dealing with."