Davide Petrucci still has an ambition to make it into Manchester United’s first team. Having recently returned to the club from a loan spell, he is keen to make a push to try and earn his chance.
The 22-year-old Italian midfielder arrived at United with massive promise but was marred by a cruel succession of injuries that meant he was unable to really show his talent until 2011, at which point Warren Joyce rewarded him with the captain’s armband in the Reserves.
Since then, Petrucci has had to compete with yet more injuries and a series of loan spells that haven’t quite worked out for him but his desire to break into United’s first team still remains strong.
“Obviously it’s still a dream for me to play here,” he told Manutd.com
“I’ve never really had the chance. I hope one day that I am given a chance to show if I can do something or not. I think if you are given an opportunity to show what you can do, it’s down to you. Many young players have a chance and some take it while some don’t. I never really had one. I hope one day that I do get it.”
A ball playing midfielder with a real eye for a pass (check out his back-heel pass vs Manchester City), Petrucci is precisely the type of player who United’s midfield is in need of but it is his injuries that have held him back so far at United.
It isn’t too late for him to make a name for himself at United but it remains to be seen whether he will ever get an opportunity at Old Trafford. If he doesn’t, he has admitted he is happy to look elsewhere in order to get first-team football.
He added: “It’s always good to be back here but, for me, I am at an age where another loan would be good and a move somewhere else to play first-team football. For the moment, I’m here and will see what happens next.”
It would be great to see Petrucci get a chance with the first team but what he needs to do now is make it impossible for David Moyes to not give him a chance with some consistent performances for the Under-21s.