Manchester United midfielder Josh Harrop has been speaking to MUTV about the first-team player he is now using as a role model.
In an interview later published by the club’s official website, the 19-year-old revealed the emergence of centre-back Paddy McNair has reinforced the belief that young players can break through at Old Trafford if they are good enough.
“Paddy has come on massively,” Harrop said.
“The manager has just stuck with him; he’s proved he is good enough to play so he has played.
“That is the aim and what I want to be doing – progressing, playing regularly in the under-21s…then I want to progress into the first-team at Manchester United.”
Harrop has a big reputation at the club and he is making waves in the under-21 squad this season, scoring two goals in six appearances to date.
In many ways, breaking into United’s first-team as a midfielder is the trickiest of tasks, when you consider the presence of the likes of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Darren Fletcher and Marouane Fellaini, along with the fact that manager Louis van Gaal is currently playing Wayne Rooney in a more withdrawn role.
While injuries and suspensions have seen the likes of McNair and Tyler Blackett given chances in defence, and James Wilson has had plenty of opportunities up front, those midfielders looking to get noticed by van Gaal have inspiration but also the knowledge that it could be the area of the pitch that is strengthened the most next summer.