Ezekiel Fryers says he is already planning to make another play for the Manchester United first team, after the youngster put in a promising performance against Leeds on Wednesday night.
The United youth academy product played 80 minutes at Elland Road, and was paired with Michael Carrick in a new-look defensive line-up against the Whites. Fryers showed talent with his short passes, and appeared confident to move out of position and kept the opposition quiet.
And after his performance, the 19-year-old said that being on the pitch for the senior Red Devils side was so addictive, he’s planning to be back again very soon.
“It was a massive night for me. It was quality and a massive step up, so I was happy to get 80 minutes in,” he told the official United website.
"I had to come off with a bit of cramp so now it’s all about working hard with the Reserves and getting fitter so that I’m ready for whenever these chances might come again.”
Fellow youth stars Paul Pogba and Larnell Cole also got their first starts for the senior side, and Fryers admitted that having his teammates around him was a big confidence boost for a game that United desperately wanted to win to get revenge over their rivals for a 1-0 defeat 18 months ago.
“It was good to have Larnell and Pogba alongside me when they came on," he said. "We have been playing together for a long time, so this was massive for all of us.”
Ferguson is well known for rotating his squad for Carling Cup matches, and the United manager wanted to give his youngsters a chance to shine. And with performances full of potential from the trio, fans will no doubt be excited at the prospect of Ferguson creating yet another generation of talented players.