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07/02/2014 10:51, Report by Adam Marshall
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Petrucci eyes OT outing

Davide Petrucci is looking forward to playing at Old Trafford again on Monday as Manchester United's Under-21s prepare to take on West Ham.

The classy midfielder has returned from a loan spell with Royal Antwerp and has the Barclays Under-21 Premier League clash against the Hammers in his sights. Petrucci has already proved his worth at that level but continues to impress, scoring a superb set-piece winner against Leicester City in the last fixture.

"I try to practice free-kicks and everything else if it's possible," the 22-year-old told ManUtd.com. "I need to try to do it more often. If I want to score, I need to try to shoot from distance as well. It gives you a good feeling - especially if you score a nice goal. A goal is always a goal but, if you score a nice one, it is even better."

The visit of the Hammers presents another opportunity for the Reds to make up ground in the division and push for a top-four spot.

"It's a good chance for everybody to show what they can do," explained Petrucci. "If there is more of a crowd, it will be better for the guys. We won the cup there and I lifted it. It was such a proud moment for me. I've scored a couple of goals at Old Trafford as well.

"It was difficult for the young ones to play earlier in the season because I think there was such a large squad but now it's just one team and hopefully, for them, that will be the way until the end of the season. It is the target every year to win the competition and the Senior Cups as well."

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