Ryan Tunnicliffe still has aspirations of breaking into Manchester United’s first team and has used the example of Adnan Januzaj as proof that there is a chance it can happen.
The 20-year-old is currently enjoying a good loan spell away at Ipswich Town in the Championship and hopes that if he can continue to play well, David Moyes will give him an opportunity with the first team when he returns to Old Trafford but knows that it is very difficult to break into the team.
“There were about eight or nine English players in the (2011 Youth) team and I think we’re all still at the club,” he said.
“Players are just waiting to be given a chance but it’s difficult to get into the United first team and there are a lot of young players all in the same boat.
“You just have to bide your time and it would be great if a group of us managed to do it, just like the ’92 generation. It’s a tradition at United to bring youngsters through – they would rather produce players in their academy than go out and spend fortunes on them.
“But the players need to be there and Adnan Januzaj is a good recent example. He has been given his chance and he has grabbed it. He’s a very, very good player and he deserves his chance after working hard in the past year or so when I was with him.”
Tunnicliffe won the Jimmy Murphy Academy Player of the Year in 2011 and still remains a highly rated prospect among United fans for his no nonsense style of play akin to that of Roy Keane.
Januzaj’s rise into the first team does show that the opportunity is there for any youngster who can grab it with my hands and with our central midfield options still being weak, Moyes is looking to strengthen in that area so Tunnicliffe will have a chance to stake his claim.