Manchester United midfielder Ben Pearson has admitted that he would like to go out on loan in the future.
As reported by Manchester United's official website, the youngster - who is part of the club's Under 21 set up - has revealed that he's been handed the opportunity to train with the first team and is desperate to impress manager Louis van Gaal.
The youngster - who was named the club's Young Player of the Year in 2013 - has already seen the likes of Tyler Blackett and Reece James implemented into the first team under Van Gaal in recent time, but it remains to be seen as to whether he will be handed his opportunity to shine anytime soon.
Pearson said: "The manager has played a few youngsters already. Tyler [Blackett] has been playing regularly and Reece James has played. A few of the lads were involved against MK Dons and, hopefully, all of us can come through. The manager has done it previously at Ajax and Barcelona and I hope he can do it here.
"There are a few young lads pushing for first-team places. It is all about getting an opportunity. There are always lads going up and training with the first team. You've just got to impress in those training sessions.
"I have done it a few times and it's good but a lot faster and there is a lot more pressure. It's great playing with players you've watched as a kid and learning off them. Darren Fletcher is really good to us as he is always talking with the younger lads and helping out. But all the senior players are really good and do that."
Pearson has insisted that, despite being open to a temporary switch away from the Theatre of Dreams in the future, he's hoping to play regularly for the U-21 side throughout the course of this campaign, as he looks to continue his progression.
"Hopefully, later down the line, I can go out on loan but I'm not sure about this season. It would have to be a bit later but it might be decided I should go out there and experience playing with a first team.
"I'm not sure if I'm ready yet. You've just got to throw yourself into it and see what happens. I do feel I need a few more games this season to get up to full speed as there have been gaps between the Under-21 matches. I need to get a run of games to get fully in tune."
Manchester United have struggled in the midfield department over recent years, wit the likes of Anderson, Marouane Fellaini and Co. all struggling to impress. With Daley Blind and Ander Herrera at the club now, however, United fans will be hoping the club start taking control of games from the middle of the park in the near future.
Van Gaal also has the likes of Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick at his disposal, whilst marquee signing Angel di Maria can also operate in the midfield role. Pearson, then, may be well behind in the pecking order at the Theatre of Dreams, but certainly seems determined to make a name for himself at the club over the coming years.
After United's humiliating defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium this past weekend, the Red Devils will be looking to hit back in style against West Ham United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
Manchester United have secured just five points from their opening five fixtures so far this term and will be hoping to climb the table sooner rather later as they go in search of Champions League football.
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