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10/07/2012 10:10, Report by Adam Marshall
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Cole aims for improvement

Young midfielder Larnell Cole speaks to Inside United and ManUtd.com...

Were you proud to be nominated for the Reserves’ Player of the Year award?
Lots of players did well last season and I’m just happy Warren Joyce picked me. To be honest, I don’t think I had the best of seasons. I didn't perform as well as I’d like to, but sometimes you just have to do a job for the team.

Warren Joyce says that’s one of your faults – you don’t realise how good you are!
I do believe I’m good! I know how good I am but I don’t think I did as well.

Was that because of the few injury setbacks you suffered?
Yes, I got injured, I was out for six weeks with a torn hamstring and then went to Dallas and played in all the games. It was tiring as it was five games in six or seven days.

Yet it was some goal on the trip, the amazing volley against Tigres. Was it the best you’ve scored?
Yeah, it was one of my best goals. It was a good team move and I was just happy to finish it off.

But was the Dallas Cup in itself a tough test?
It was hard. It was near enough the same team throughout the tournament. Towards the end of the final game, that’s when I started to feel it – especially when we had nine men as well. My left leg started to cramp up and the hamstring. Injury time would have been even worse!

Even the way the match officials operated was apparently a new experience...
The referees were a bit different in the way they gave fouls a lot easier but there were all sorts of experiences. There was a tornado nearby, although it didn’t come through where we were. We went to the basketball as well to see the Dallas Mavericks and that was one of the best things about the trip. The entertainment during half time and breaks was really good.

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