was nice. They wanted to brag a bit but we had a lot more local lads in our side and it made a lot of difference. I think we showed that we wanted it more.
You’re training with the first-team squad. Your aim must be to get into the side?
Going out and getting experience last year was one thing but every lad here wants to play for the first team. I’m just trying my hardest to get there.
Is it a clean slate essentially in pre-season with everybody wanting to impress?
Obviously, there are some places where you don’t need to go out on loan to get the experience. If people go out on the tour, they can impress and get above others who have been out on loan. So it doesn’t really matter 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.