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Donald Love opens up on start at Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Donald Love has opened up about his start to life in the first team at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal.

Love, who had previously featured for the U21 side, made his debut in a 2-1 defeat against Sunderland in February amid an injury crisis at Man United before taking part in another 2-1 loss – against FC Midtjylland – the following week.

It was a swift rise to prominence for Love but he was soon dropped back down to the reserves. The Scot revealed that he hasn’t spoken to van Gaal about a return to the first team.

“It’s not really hit me yet. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I learned a lot from it,” Love said.

“The manager told me to go out and play like I did for the [Under] 21s. That’s what I did and I thought we did well. But we lost the game to two set pieces. He told me after the Sunderland game I’d done well and that I was one of the better players. That gives your confidence a boost.

“In the Sunderland game I was charging forward and the winger didn’t get past me once. I just played my own game. The pace didn’t bother me because our [Under] 21s coach nails fitness into us.

“But we lost the next game and I’ve fallen out of it since then. I don’t regret anything because I did my best when I was out there. But I wanted to win. The manager hasn’t spoken to me yet, but I think that’s just how he is. I think I see him how you see him: it’s either his way or no other way. I’m just waiting for another chance.”

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Love performed well enough during his brief spell in the first team but there is a sense that he didn’t grab his opportunity in the same way that the likes of Marcus Rashford, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have.

There is still time for him to make an impression but his cause hasn’t been helped by the return to fitness of players such as Matteo Darmian.

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