Luke Giverin spoke exclusively to ManUtd.com ahead of joining Royal Antwerp on loan..
You had an early setback with an injury in the Lancashire Senior Cup final against Accrington Stanley. Are you over it?
I picked up a knock. I had to play in midfield which is a new position for me but it was a bad tackle I received on my knee. I had bruising on the bone so it was best to be careful. But I was soon back fit and training again.
How are you finding the new role?
It’s as a holding midfielder, in front of the defence. You have got a job to mark in front of the striker or, if there is an extra man pushing up on me, then I’ve got a job to do with that man. I enjoy it quite a lot because you get loads of the ball. Also, the holding role is more or less a defensive role and I’m a defender so it suits me.
Had you played in midfield previously because you’re better known as a left-back?
I used to play left wing when I was playing for my local team. I was aged about 14 or 15 when I moved to left-back but, from last season and moving into this campaign, I’ve been switching and changing with midfield.
The staff have said you were deliberately held back because of your size. How did that go?
From the age of 16, I didn’t really play. Up until now, I’ve not played that regularly in the side. Obviously, I’m a small player and sometimes I’ve been playing down in the younger age group because they were more my physical type. It’s to do with bone-age apparently. At least I was playing games. I didn’t want to be training and doing nothing on matchdays so at least I gained experience playing games.
Did you appreciate why you were being treated cautiously? It also happened with the likes of Tom Cleverley and Michael Keane…
Yes, I understood it and it’s benefited me now as I’m in the second year with the Reserves. When you look at Michael now, he’s really shot up!
Last season ended on a real high for you. The final image of the Reserves campaign was the City defenders haring after you as you grabbed the clinching goal in the Manchester Senior Cup final..
It was a mad week! I played for the first team