Josh Harrop is only 18 years of age and is nowhere near the Manchester United first team at the moment, but he intends to change that sooner rather than later.
The midfielder has been at United since he was seven years of age and is considered as one of the top prospects for the future.
The teenager was included in the Red Devils’ Under-21 squad against Sunderland at Old Trafford on Monday, and played alongside the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Luke Shaw.
At 18, Harrop still has a lot to learn and develop, and is unlikely to be called up to the first team by manager Louis van Gaal anytime soon.
However, the youngster plans to play for the United senior team one day.
‘Just to keep impressing and see how far I can go’, he told United’s official website when asked about his aims at the club. ‘Hopefully, I can play in the Manchester United first team one day.
‘I have been here since I was seven so I’ve been at the club a long time. I want to keep progressing, grow physically and try to make the first team.
‘I’m a local lad, from Stockport, so it’s great to be playing for United. Ever since I was born, I’ve been a fan as all my family are United supporters’.
Following the arrivals of top-class foreign players in the summer, there have been suggestions that United have undergone an ‘identity change’.
For those who believe that, Harrop’s determination to break into the first team will certainly be welcomed.
Van Gaal is known for giving young players a chance, and if the teenager impresses for the Under-21 team, then the Dutchman will certainly take notice.