Manchester United midfielder Gabriel Obertan is set to be thrown a lifeline by Sir Alex Ferguson in a bid to kick-start the Frenchman’s stuttering Old Trafford career.

The 22-year-old winger was a surprise £3million signing from Bordeaux in the summer of 2009.

But the under-21 international has experienced a difficult transition to life in English football, which has ultimately seen his first-team opportunities limited at Manchester United.

Ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup encounter against Arsenal, Obertan could be given a rare start and he plans to grab the opportunity with both hands, vowing to prove the doubters wrong.

"I hope to become a real Manchester United player, but the most important thing is to keep working hard," he said.

"I try to learn from players such as Nani and Ryan Giggs. Playing alongside these types of players is very important.

"It may take a while, but I’m going to keep working hard. I’m focused on doing my best for the club and then we’ll see."

Obertan was criticised after a poor performance in the previous round where Manchester United narrowly edged past non-league Crawley Town at Old Trafford.

But after a bright performance for the reserves against Blackpool on Wednesday, Sir Alex will keep the faith in Obertan and offer him the chance to resurrect his Manchester United career.

"Hopefully I’ll get some time on the pitch to show what I can do," he concluded.

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