Jesse Lingard is hoping to be involved in Manchester United's Capital One Cup tie against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
The promising midfielder was on the bench for last season's 3-0 league defeat at Newcastle's Sports Direct Arena and he was also an unused substitute for the Reds' League Cup exit to Crystal Palace in November. Some eye-catching involvement on United's DHL pre-season tour suggested he is getting closer to his senior competitive bow.
After scoring his first reserve-team goal of 2012/13 in last week's Manchester Senior Cup win over Bury, the 19-year-old is keen to become the latest homegrown talent to appear for the senior side.
"There will probably be some younger lads involved against Newcastle and we’ll have to wait and see if the boss calls me up," Lingard told ManUtd.com. "Hopefully he will."
If selected, Lingard would relish the opportunity to play with some established first-team stars.
"You need the experience of the older players to be there with you and help you along the way," he added.
"Newcastle are a strong team as well, so it should be a good game."