Ryan Tunnicliffe has reiterated his desire to break into the Manchester United first team, having seen his team-mate Adnan Januzaj take his chance at Old Trafford this season.
The 20-year-old midfielder is currently on loan at Ipswich Town and has made 12 appearances for the Championship club this season, most recently helping his temporary side record a 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Speaking prior to that match, Tunnicliffe revealed his plan to impress at the Theatre of Dreams alongside some of his 2011 FA Youth Cup winning team-mates, replicating the level of graduation that was famously achieved by the ‘Class of 1992’.
“There were about eight or nine English players in the (2011 Youth) team and most are all still at the club,” Ryan explained. “Players are just waiting to be given a chance but it’s difficult to get into the United first team and there are a lot of young players all in the same boat.
“You just have to bide your time and it would be great if a group of us managed to do it, just like the ’92 generation. It’s a tradition at United to bring youngsters through – they would rather produce players in their academy than go out and spend fortunes on them.
“But the players need to be there and Adnan Januzaj is a good recent example. He has been given his chance and he has grabbed it. He’s a very, very good player and he deserves his chance after working hard in the past year or so when I was with him.”
Tunnicliffe’s United colleague Nick Powell was also in action for Wigan Athletic at the weekend, helping the Latics record a goalless draw with Charlton Athletic. That outing followed last Thursday’s goal-scoring performance against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.
Elsewhere, in the same division, Jesse Lingard did not feature in Birmingham City’s 1-1 draw against Derby County at Pride Park with a knee ligament problem. However, his