James Wilson was satisfied with his first Barclays Under-21 Premier League start as his free-kick helped clinch a 2-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers on Monday.
The prolific marksman, who has just turned 18, scored for the Reserves in the Manchester Senior Cup tie at Bury and his form in the Under-18s and Under-19s has pushed him into Warren Joyce's plans, particularly with Will Keane and Tom Lawrence departing on loan.
Wilson has scored five goals in five game in the inaugural UEFA Youth League, and after another hard-working display was capped with goal for Joyce's side, the lightning-quick teenager can be well pleased with his efforts this season.
"I think it went very well with the goal and everything else," Wilson told MUTV. "I've been working hard in training and have been waiting for this step up to the U21s. I thought I did quite well.
"The more you step up, the faster the games get and the more you have to adapt your game. It has been a great experience to go into Europe as well with the U19s. It's great learning from Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes and now Warren Joyce, being a former player as well, so it's all good.
"I've been doing work before and after training on free-kicks and penalties as well and it's paid off, so I'm quite happy with that. Everyone was working hard and it was a very good performance all round."
Wilson is likely to captain the U19s in the must-win encounter against Shakhtar Donetsk next Monday at Leigh Sports