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Josh Harrop hopeful of first-team opportunity at Manchester United

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United youngster Josh Harrop is hopeful that he will be given a first-team opportunity soon after overcoming a hernia problem.

Harrop completed 90 minutes in Man United U21’s 2-0 defeat against Norwich City this week and is now looking for more action on the pitch against Liverpool next time out.

The likes of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Axel Tuanzebe have made the step up to first-team affairs from the youth teams this term and Harrop hopes he can follow in their footsteps.

“I feel like I’m getting to the stage now where I’m getting older and progressing,” Harrop said.

“I just need to keep working hard, day in and day out, in training and do my best. We’ll see what happens but, hopefully, I’ll get my chance in the first-team.

“A few of the lads have been involved in it this season and that’s my aim.

“That’s what I’m here for. I want to train hard and get a chance. Cameron [Borthwick-Jackson] came on for 20 minutes recently and that’s the aim for any young lad at United.

“I’ve been training before a few of the Champions League games and been in and out when we’ve needed players coming over. It’s great getting asked and good experience to be with the first-team. It’s nice to get involved and for the manager to see you. A few of the first-team players I speak to and get along with always help you settle in.”


I like Harrop but he’s got a lot of competition in front of him for an opportunity in the first-team. That being said, the chance is always there for a youngster who wants to make the most of it so it is up to Harrop now to earn his own one.

Louis van Gaal has shown this season that he is more than prepared to place faith in young players and Harrop will likely get the same treatment if he continues to impress in the youth teams. Van Gaal has had his critics this season but his inclusion of youngsters has been excellent.

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