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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

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