Josh Harrop hoping to make Manchester United debut

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Manchester United youngster Josh Harrop has set his sights on a first-team breakthrough at Old Trafford after impressing in the U21s side already this season.

The 18-year-old has also revealed a personal target of ten goals from midfield in 2014/15 in an attempt to catch Louis van Gaal's eye over the forthcoming campaign.

The Dutch coach has already pledged to give youth a chance after succeeding David Moyes as Red Devils manager, and Harrop is hopeful that promising performances in Manchester United's development squad will prompt a chance to show what he can do in the senior side.

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Josh Harrop quote:

"Just to keep impressing and see how far I can go," he responded enthusiastically in an interview with the club's official site when asked about his aspirations for the campaign. "Hopefully, I can play in the Manchester United first team one day.

"I have been here since I was seven so I've been at the club a long time. I want to keep progressing, grow physically and try to make the first team."

Harrop was selected in Warren Joyce's side for the 4-0 win over Sunderland on Monday night, a game which also featured a number of other Manchester United first-team players including Anderson, Adnan Januzaj and Luke Shaw.

Early promise

And, after getting a taster of playing alongside some of the club's more established stars, the Stockport-born teenager is keen to earn some involvement in and around Van Gaal's senior squad.

"I'm a local lad, from Stockport, so it's great to be playing for United," he continued. "Ever since I was born, I've been a fan as all my family are United supporters.

"I just want to keep doing what I'm doing at the minute, playing well and maintaining a solid position in the team. I want to impress the gaffer and see what happens from there."

Personal target

On his goal target, Harrop added: "I'd like 10 goals from midfield. Perhaps in all competitions but it's a target isn't it? Someone else has got to score the goals other than Willo [Will Keane] and hopefully I can get a few this season."

Competition for places in the Manchester United first-team is at an all-time high - particularly in midfield - following the recent arrival of a number of high-profile players like Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind, so Harrop might have to wait patiently for his chance.

There's certainly no harm in having lofty ambitions though, and the England U20 international is in the right environment to maximise his potential, along with a number of other up-and-coming young stars of the future.

Weekend encounter

In the more immediate future Manchester United travel to the King Power Stadium this weekend to take on newly-promoted Leicester City in Sunday's lunchtime kick-off.

Van Gaal will be hoping for another three points to build on last weekend's 4-0 thrashing of Queens Park Rangers, which will represent a significant upturn in form after failing to win any of their first four games in all competitions in 2014/15.

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