Chelsea's Dominic Solanke: I won't hide from Manchester United!

Dominic Solanke could be set to face Manchester United on Sunday.

Solanke made his debut for the Blues on Tuesday evening, coming on as a substitute for Oscar for a 20-minute cameo.

Having been called up to the first-team squad with the absence of Diego Costa through injury, the 17-year-old forward remained on the bench for the entire duration of Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace, before being rewarded with his first appearance on Tuesday - with Chelsea 4-0 up on Champions League opponents Maribor before he was introduced to the Stamford Bridge crowds.

A consistently strong performer at youth level for Chelsea, the England youth international played a key role in the Blues successful FA Youth Cup run last season, before helping the England Under-17’s win the 2014 European Championship over the summer - netting four times to lead the goalscoring charts.

It was confirmed by Blues boss Jose Mourinho that Solanke was set to train with the first-team squad for the 2014/15 season, along with fellow youth prospects Lewis Baker and Andreas Christensen, and his rise into the matchday squads has come much quicker than expected.

With Loic Remy suffering an injury during the Champions League tie, Solanke could once again be included in game action, with his Premier League debut potentially occurring on Sunday - against Manchester United.

If Remy is to miss out on the action, Didier Drogba will likely lead the line, leaving Solanke as the only other out-and-out striker available. Whilst many 17-year-old’s would be worried about their inclusion in such a vital game, Solanke admitted that he has to be confident if he wants to take his chance.

“There’s no time to hide, you’ve just got to be confident,” Solanke told reporters when asked about the Red Devils.

“You have to show your ability, and, when you get your opportunity - you have to take it.”

It remains to be seen whether Remy has returned from injury in time for Sunday’s game at Old Trafford, but Solanke will be hoping that he finally makes his Premier League debut - capping it with a victory over Manchester United.

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