The Manchester United striker embracing 'Man's Football'

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Manchester United's John Cofie is on loan at Notts County and loving it.

Manchester United have such a litany of youth talent in their ranks that there is a chance you may not have heard of John Cofie.

Supporters of Sheffield United have, the 20-year-old spent some time on loan there earlier this season and scored two goals for them.

Now the latest club where he is making an impression is Notts County, where his goals record for the League One side proudly stands at one game player, one goal scored.

It's just a one month loan at present, but Cofie is clearly keen to extend it, he spoke this week of aiming to fire the oldest club in the world into the play-offs. County are in 11th, seven points off the play-offs at present, but have 15 games left to play.

Now it's up to him to prove he deserves it. Cofie is a Ghanaian born striker who has represented England at under-17 level. As he is yet to win a senior cap with England, he is still able to switch his allegiance.

Cofie was part of United's FA Youth Cup squad which won the competition in 2011, although he sat the final on the bench, on the team were Paul Pogba, now making waves at Juventus in Serie A and now departed 'badboy' Ravel Morrison.

He has been biding his time in United's youth set up ever since, with his only taste of first team football prior to this season a loan at Belgian side Royal Antwerp last campaign where he scored three times.

It appears that League One football is certainly appealing to him, and he was positive about it earlier this week: "League One is man's football, it's a step-up from even the highest reserve team level. I learnt a lot at Sheffield United and think I adapted to it quite well."

Cofie added that he still dreams of making it at United, but is realistic to know he can still forge a successful career elsewhere as many who have left Old Trafford have gone onto do, such as Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross.

Cofie's development is one to watch, and if he can fire the Magpies into the play-offs and help them win a perhaps unlikely promotion to the Championship, then he may just have something special about him after all.

Have you seen much of John Cofie? How good can he be?

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