Manchester United’s U-21 captain, Tom Thorpe, made his debut against West Ham at the weekend.
Thorpe was born in Manchester and joined the academy as a teenager, so was obviously thrilled to get his first appearance for the first XI.
“Obviously I was delighted to get on and hopefully there is more to come,” he said. “I was very pleased, being a United fan and having been here from such a young age. To come through and get my first-team debut, I was very happy. You can see a few lads making their debuts this season and the ones who have been in the team have done really well. As soon as you get a little bit, you want more and hopefully there will be.”
Two days after making his debut, he played against Tottenham Hotspur for the U-21s, and scored an injury-time winner.
“We’re delighted with the win,” he added. “It was a good game between two sides who wanted to play football and a good test. I clashed heads in the first half and got a lump so Marnick [Vermijl] said to me he didn’t think I would have scored [the header] if that hadn’t happened!”
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