Alejandro Garnacho is keen to step up as a Manchester United left winger despite fierce competition for that spot at Old Trafford.
The 18-year-old sensation once again put the club in danger before the World Cup stopper as a favorite to the left forward.
After scoring his first goal for the club against Real Sociedad in the Europa League, he came off the bench to provide two assists in the Carabao Cup victory over Aston Villa.
He capped off that form with a recent winner against Fulham and gave Erik ten Hag selection headaches when United resumed the campaign at the end of December.
Jadon Sancho started the season from the left side after a good pre-season, but lost his place in the squad in October after also battling illness.
Marcus Rashford, who also featured as a striker this season, excels when he comes in from the left.
But despite the plethora of options, Garnacho hopes to continue his pet reign.
“I’ve always loved playing on the left wing, as a right footer who can cut in,” Garnacho told the club’s website. “To be able to play with your right foot as a left back, you also have to be pretty good with your weaker foot.
“I’ve always trained hard with both feet from a young age because that makes you a much better player and that’s why I can now play with both feet – not perfect but good.
“Fortunately I was able to score those two goals with my other foot without too much trouble.”
Garnacho, who was named United’s player of the month in November, has won Erik ten Hags’ confidence and insists he “doesn’t want to take a step back”.
“Erik Ten Hag is a very good coach and above all a great person,” said Garnacho. “He keeps a close eye on all of us and helps us a lot, especially the young players.
“I had to keep working hard until the moment came when I got my chance. Right now I’m making the most of the opportunities he’s giving me.
“I don’t want to take a step back here, I want to show up regularly in the team and continue at the same level.”