Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is relishing locking horns again with Arsenal in tonight’s Carling Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford.

Although both Ferguson and his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger will continue their policy of fielding youth and reserve team players, Ferguson anticpates a competitive fixture.

Ferguson said: “It is the quarter-finals of the League Cup, so you can expect a competitive game. It doesn’t matter who you play against.

“It’s a chance to get into the semi-final and everyone wants to get there.”

Ferguson admitted he was unfamiliar with many of the team which has taken Arsenal into the last eight.

“I only know one or two of them but they have had impressive results against Everton and Man City,” he said.

“It will be a game of high quality and I am looking forward to it.”

United may pair striker Alan Smith with 17-year-old Guiseppe Rossi in attack.

“We have been impressed with Rossi in all his games for the club. We are very pleased with him,” Ferguson said of the teenager who joined United from Parma in the summer.