Welsh prospect Tom Lawrence spoke exclusively to Inside United about the Under-21 campaign..
You've been at the club 10 years this season - congratulations on a decade as a Red!
Yes, I came through the schoolboy scholarship and also through the soccer schools, so it has been about a decade now. Obviously, you get to know mates of yours that you've grown up with so it's nice to have that environment.
Your final season at Under-18 level was interrupted by injury but you did return at the end of that year..
I was a bit unlucky as that would have been my main season with the Academy. I had a groin injury for the best part of the campaign really so I missed a lot of football. As you say, I did come back towards the end and managed to get a few goals.
You played a key role in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League triumph in May..
Yes, it’s always nice to play at the end [of the season] when all the main games are being played. Just to play football was really good for me but it was even better that the final run of matches were staged at Old Trafford. I won both the penalties against Liverpool in the semi-final so that was nice as well. Old Trafford is just the place to be.
Have you had to show a lot of patience because you came off the bench quite a few times last term?
Well, the injury the year before didn’t really help. When there are older players involved, you’ve got to bide your time and just do your best. You've got to keep going but remain patient.
Was it new to you captaining Nicky Butt’s team during the pre-season?
I’m not really used to be captain so obviously captaining the club is always nice. We won near enough all those friendly games as well which was good.
After that unbeaten pre-season was it frustrating to lose the opening Under-21 league game against Liverpool?
Normally, it’s the other way round - you can lose in