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Freedman knows scouts will be at Man Utd to watch his Palace kids

Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman knows Premier League scouts will be watching his young players in their Carling Cup quarterfinal at Manchester United.

With five goals and three assists, 19-year-old Wilfried Zaha has done as much as anyone to provide creativity for the Eagles. Zaha's form, along with that of October player-of-the-month Nathaniel Clyne, 20, has attracted interest from Premier League scouts. Both defender and winger should have the chance to enhance their reputation at Old Trafford, with Freedman confirming he will play his strongest possible side.

"When you go to United, you can't think ahead to the following game, you've got to go for it," said Freedman. "We've got to pick our best team that can hopefully get a result. As a professional, you train day in and day out for this type of occasion.

"It's a great experience for our young players. It'll be an amazing atmosphere and one day they'll play in that league if they continue the way they are. If we keep going the way we have been this season, we can get a result."

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