Manchester United starlet Sean Goss has said he is working hard to get his chance under Louis van Gaal after the young midfielder got his first taste of starting XI experience during the pre-season tour of the US. The 19-year-old anchorman replaced vice-captain Michael Carrick in a friendly against Paris Saint-Germain, and has welcome comparisons with the 34-year-old England star.
Goss joined the Old Trafford youth ranks from Exeter City in 2012 after impressing during a trial period that saw him compete in Amsterdam's Aegon Future Cup. After the likes of Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair, James Wilson and Andreas Pereira have all proved Van Gaal's trust in the academy by breaking through into first team contention, Goss is confident he can follow in their foosteps.
"They've experienced life in the first team and taken their chance and I want to follow their example," he said to MUTV. "There is so much I learned [on the pre-season tour] to take into the Under-21s and then I'll see if I can step up again. I know I need to keep training hard and hopefully I'll get a chance," he added, admitting his main task this season is helping the U21 side to regain their title.
"We won the league with the Under-21s last season, which was a proud moment, so we'll be looking to keep the trophy. In terms of the first team, I'm just focused on working hard, doing my best and being patient, and hopefully, if I get a chance, I can take it."
Having being compared with Carrick since his arrival to Old Trafford, Goss admits he is trying to learn from him when trains with the first-team in order to emulate the England international.
"A lot of people have said that to me [comparing him to Carrick] and it's great to hear. I really look up to him as a player, he's top class and to come on for him made my debut even more special. His passing is incredible, he rarely gives the ball away and he acts as an anchor man so he is a big part of the team. I spoke to him a few times on tour and I also picked up a lot from him in training and when he played for the Under-21s last season. That was a big help," Goss admitted.