Amos ready for Chelsea challenge

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Ben Amos is ready to take his chance as Manchester United's No.1 with both hands after being thrust between the sticks against Stoke City.

Illness to David De Gea and injury to Anders Lindegaard forced Amos into the fray, making his first Premier League start against The Potters at Old Trafford.

The 21-year-old had previously been restricted to making appearances in the Carling Cup for United, but Amos says he's ready for the step up.

“It felt really good to keep a clean sheet on my Premier League debut," Amos said. "I have been waiting a long time for an opportunity this season and, thankfully, it has come. I like to think I made the most of it.

“I have been ready all season. I feel I am ready to play at this level.

“It has been kind of frustrating that these chances don’t come around. But you have to be ready when something like that happens and you are thrown straight in.

“I just played my own game. There were a few nerves but I think that is healthy. I had a few little nerves before I went out but I played my own game.

“All I can do is keep a clean sheet and play the best I can when I get a chance. You have to do the best you can. It is the manager who makes the decisions and all I can do is put pressure on the other two in training and take any chance I get.”

While Amos had a comfortable Premier League debut for United, as Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov's penalties helped Sir Alex Ferguson's side draw level on points with leaders Manchester City, the former Peterborough United loanee faces a sterner test come Sunday's trip to Chelsea.

Despite victory in last season's Champions League quarter-final, United's recent record at Stamford Bridge reads one win in their last 12 league visits.

The Blues, who are chasing a Champions League spot, have already claimed the scalp of Manchester City earlier this season, and will be hoping to show signs of progression under Andre Villas-Boas.

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