Matty Willock hoping to make Manchester United breakthrough

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Manchester United youngster Matty Willock has shared for the first time his disappointment at being released by Arsenal just over two years ago, but is relishing the opportunity presented to him to try and forge a career at Old Trafford.

In an exclusive interview with Inside United, the 18-year-old midfielder reflects fondly on his formative years in north London, and reveals a determination to prove Arsene Wenger wrong for allowing the talented teenager to leave the Emirates by making a senior breakthrough with the Red Devils.

Willock has taken confidence from the fact that Louis van Gaal has already shown a willingness to give youth a chance since taking over at Manchester United, having promoted a number of academy players into his first-team.

The likes of Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair and James Wilson have all been given playing time under the Dutch coach's tutelage this season, and the former Gunner is confident that by working hard he will be rewarded with the same opportunity to make his mark in the future.

During the past couple of years with the Red Devils, Willock has been converted from a winger to a central midfielder, and is currently training with the club's U21 side with a view to kicking on again in 2015.

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"It was a bit disappointing when I left Arsenal but it worked out well."

He still has close ties with his old club Arsenal due to the fact two of his brothers - Chris and Joe - remain on the books there, but his personal allegiance now lies very much with his current employers.

"I was a schoolboy at Arsenal but was released at 15 so I had trials at a few clubs, including Reading and Sunderland," he explained. "[But then] I ended up signing for [Manchester] United.

"It was a bit disappointing when I left Arsenal but it worked out well."

Willock's switch from Arsenal to Manchester United came at a similar time to Robin van Persie, who made the move north during the summer of 2012.

The Holland international was heavily criticised by Gunners supporters for making the controversial transfer, but his decision was vindicated less than 12 months later when he laid his hands on his first Premier League title, in what turned out to be Sir Alex Ferguson's last season in charge at Old Trafford.

The teenager will now probably look to Van Persie as inspiration for his future aspirations, as he continues to work diligently in his approach to development with a view to knocking on the first-team door in the not too distant future.

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