Joshua Harrop is using Paddy McNair‘s progression into Manchester United’s first-team as inspiration for himself.
The 19-year-old midfielder has enjoyed some great progression himself at Man United over the last 12 months. Having made the move up to Warren Joyce’s U21s, he also earned his first England U20s cap and has been putting in some fine performances.
He still has some way to go before he has an opportunity to join McNair in the first-team but he is taking heart from Louis van Gaal‘s faith in United’s youngsters.
“It’s always good to see young lads progressing at the club and doing well when making it into the first team,” Harrop told MUTV.
“It’s the aim of every young lad at Manchester United and proves the manager will play you if you’re good enough.
“Paddy has come on massively. He’s playing first-team football and has done well. The manager has just stuck with him, he’s proved he is good enough to play, so he has played. That’s the aim and what I want to be doing – progressing, playing regularly in the Under-21s and proving I can play at that level. Then I want to progress into the first team at Manchester United.”
Harrop is an excellent prospect and he should certainly take heart from Van Gaal’s continued faith in the youth. So long as he keeps working hard and earning praise, the opportunities will come for Harrop just like they did for McNair, Blackett and lots of other Man United youngsters.