Villa's youth policy receives support form Man Utd boss Ferguson
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is certain struggling Aston Villa will benefit in the long term from Paul Lambert's strategy to give youth a chance. "Young people give you a future by creating a strong blend that can last for a few years," said Ferguson.
"Young players will always remember the manager who gave them their first start.
"The team will improve because of that, I am sure of it.
"Paul had the courage to do it and even if they were to go down, Villa have a structure that should bring them right back up.
"But on the evidence of what we've seen recently they've every chance of staying up anyway."
"We expect a scrap," added the Scottish tactician.
"The least you expect is for a team to fight for everything when they're down there.
"Villa showed against Stoke that they have a bit of life about them and they should have won their game against last week.
"When I saw the structure of those teams, they looked really positive selections.
"A lot of teams in that situation may pick a team to get something out of the game. Paul Lambert picked a team to win. There is a distinction."