21/08/2012 15:15, Report by Adam Marshall
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Ryan's breakthrough aims

when we all come back for pre-season.

A number of midfielders have left the club – Park, Pogba, Gibson, Morrison etc – so is the path to the team becoming clearer?
There are not as many people but we’ve still got Larnell and Jesse, who are doing very well as well, and people who are younger than me and have got me looking over my shoulder as well as looking forward. There is a gap but I think there are still plenty of good players in the squad that I’ve got to get past to even get a few games this year.

Sir Alex has already commented that you've got a chance of making it...
It’s great to hear from him. If he thinks highly of you, it makes you want to strive harder and try and get into his team because you know that he likes you. So, obviously, it’s nice.

Training with the first team must give you that opportunity to shine?
There are a lot of players away with those that have been on the Euros so there are not many proper first-team players there but it doesn’t really matter to me. It’s my chance to impress and prove I’m capable of being there.

Is it a boost to know the manager will give players a chance by promoting from within the ranks?
It’s always been a club like that, hasn’t it? The gaffer doesn’t spend stupid amounts of money on players like some teams do. It’s just good to know that you can get a chance when you’re watching the likes of Scholesy [Paul Scholes], who’s still in the team, but also Sheasy [John O’Shea] and Wes [Brown] so you do know it’s possible to break through.

More recently, Tom Cleverley has made the step up as well..
Clevz [Tom Cleverley] and Welbz [Danny Welbeck] were doing well and started playing and everyone was talking about Tom being the next big thing for England and Danny played at the European Championship this year. I know them personally as well and, if you know what I mean, I grew up playing with them. So it’s a great boost for me personally to see them doing so well.

As you bid to make your mark is there any additional pressure now you’re now the only one of the highly-rated Youth Cup-winning central midfield trio at the club?
On the other hand, they were good players playing in my position so one of us might have made it and another one might have not. So with

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