Young Manchester United defender Donald Love has been speaking to the club’s website about his preferred position and what it means to represent the club.
The 20-year-old has played five times for United’s under-21 side this season, while he has a total of 13 appearances at that level to date.
He appears to be some way off a first-team spot at Old Trafford but the same could have been said of Paddy McNair last season and the Northern Irishman has surpassed all expectations.
“I know how hard I’ve got to work every day and I just have to try my best,” Love said, as he looks to become the latest youngster to make waves at the club.
He will have seen McNair’s progress, along with that of James Wilson and Tyler Blackett, and know chances can come when you least expect them, and it appears he has one advantage if Louis van Gaal opts to play three at the back once more.
“I think if we play five at the back, I would be the right-sided centre half,” Love said. “I’d rather watch that player in the first-team than the wing-back because, although I think I could play there, I’m not sure wing-back would be my natural position.”
Van Gaal has reverted to four at the back in recent times but he has done so before only to reintroduce his 3-5-2 formation on occasions.
So it appears Love is saying the right things if he wants to get his manager’s attention, but with new defenders likely to arrive in the summer, it remains to be seen if and when the 20-year-old will get his breakthrough.