Ravel Morrison, the highly rated Manchester United midfielder, is set to make his full debut for the club against Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup quarter-finals.
Having made two cameo appearances for the club against Aldershot Town in the previous round and against Wolverhampton Wanderers in last year's competition, Morrison's impressive performances for the reserves and youth team appear to have earned him an opportunity to impress.
Previously, Morrison's behaviour off the pitch had delayed his promotion to the Old Trafford first-team.
Morrison escaped jail after admitting two counts of witness intimidation, warned to his future conduct and ordered to pay £1,445 in costs.
The 18-year-old scored in United's Youth Cup semi-final against Chelsea and twice more in the second-leg of the final against Sheffield United, as the club secured their 10th title last season.
The success of recent youth-team graduates Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley will give Morrison reason to believe that a strong performance in his maiden start for United will put him firmly in contention to be considered for further first-team opportunities.
The return to fitness of fellow midfielder Darron Gisbon could mean Morrison is restricted to an appearance from the bench, with Paul Pogba likely to fill the other central-midfield berth.