Alex Ferguson has promised Manchester United pair Darron Gibson and Danny Welbeck they will start Sunday's Carling Cup final with Tottenham Hotspur, kick-off 3pm.

The pair have shown plenty of promise for the Old Trafford outfit this term already and Ferguson feels they deserve an opportunity to strut their stuff in a major domestic showpiece.

Ferguson has also confirmed Rafael Da Silva, who had already been ruled out with an ankle injury, will be missing for about a month, while Anderson and Gary Neville will travel to Wembley.

Tottenham Hotspur have Robbie Keane, Wilson Palacios, Carlo Cudicini and Pascal Chimbonda ineligible as they bid to retain the trophy they won against Chelsea at Wembley 12 months ago.

They played earlier in the competition for different clubs, while on-loan Fraizer Campbell cannot play against his parent club.

Skipper Ledley King (knee) will require his usual late check but is hopeful of playing, as is Jonathan Woodgate after requiring stitches against Hull City on Monday. Roman Pavlyuchenko has been carrying a groin complaint.

Manchester United squad: Foster, Kuszczak, Neville, Fabio, Gibson, Evans, Vidic, Ferdinand, O'Shea, Evra, Welbeck, Anderson, Carrick, Fletcher, Park, Scholes, Nani, Ronaldo, Giggs, Tevez, Rooney.

Provisional Tottenham Hotspur squad: Gomes, Alnwick, Corluka, Assou-Ekotto, Woodgate, King, Bentley, Jenas, Modric, Zokora, Lennon, Pavyluchenko, Bent, O'Hara, Huddlestone, Bale, Dawson, Gunter, Giovani, Taarabt.