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Petrucci sets his sights on the big time at Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Davide Petrucci still has aspirations of playing for Manchester United’s first team and has joined Royal Antwerp on loan to help improve his chances of breaking into David Moyes’ side.

The 21-year-old has had a really tough few years playing for United’s U21s. Injuries have hampered his progress towards the first team and his impressive loan spell at Peterborough last season was cut short because of yet another injury.

Despite his misfortunes, Petrucci has remained upbeat about the future and is looking forward to gaining first team experience at Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s Royal Antwerp where United youngsters such as Jonny Evans, Luke Giverin and Gyliano van Velzen have all spent time in the past.

“I spoke to Jonny and he told me good things about Antwerp from when he was here,” he told United’s official website.

“So that was probably one of the reasons I came here plus the manager is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who was a great player. That was an extra motivation for me so that’s why I came.

“I am at the age where I need to play. Reserves football is fantastic when you are young but for us, me especially, I played there for a few years and won everything every year. I needed that step up. I couldn’t do more than we have done already.

“I think it’s not easy for David Moyes because he’s just arrived and needs to have more focus on the first team. It’s understandable but I need to think about myself and try to play as well as I can. Hopefully, he will see that and I will come back.”

“I hope I can come back to United and play for the first team.” 

Petrucci started off this campaign with some impressive performances for United including a goal in United’s Lancashire Senior Cup triumph over Manchester City, which puts him in good stead for his loan move in Belgium.

It has been a real shame to see Petrucci go through a cyclical process of playing very well before getting injured in a similar fashion to what happens to Anderson.

However, the Italian has shrugged off what has happened in the past and he still has a positive outlook about where his career can go from here.

“I felt good, he added.

“I’ve had a few injuries in the past and, if it doesn’t kill you, it can only make you stronger. That’s what I think. That is why, every time I have an injury, I want to react even more to do even better.

“So, this season, I came and was very focused. I’m still very focused for the season. I did feel I played well in the friendly games and want to play regularly and keep doing well.

“You need to believe all the time – otherwise there is no point to play football, you know. If you don’t believe in yourself, it is better not to play.

“I hope I can come back to United and play for the first team.”

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