Scott Wootton is hopeful that he will be handed the chance to impress in the Manchester United back four after making the decision to leave Liverpool in order to prove his worth at Old Trafford.

The 21-year-old was a member of the Liverpool youth academy for three years before deciding to make the switch to their bitter rivals Manchester United where he made his first team debut against Newcastle last month.

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Wootton is hoping to feature in the United first team more regularly [Reuters]

Wootton followed up his Capital One Cup performance by coming on as a substitute in the Champions League win over CFR Cluj on Tuesday and he is now looking to make an impression in the first team.

United have a string of injuries in the back four, with Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all sidelines, while Jonny Evans also picked up an injury and was forced off against Cluj.

Should the Northern Ireland international fail to recover in time for the weekend's game against Newcastle then Wootton is confident that he can grab his opportunity with both hands.

"The last week or so has been amazing," Wootton told The Mirror. "To make my competitive debut in the League Cup and then to come on and play in the Champions League is a great feeling. It's something I'm made up with.

"Obviously you don't wish injuries on someone, but that's how you might get your chance. I got my chance against Newcastle through injuries. It's just the way it is."

Should Wootton impress then Liverpool fans will feel they missed out as the 6ft 2" defender admits that the reason he left the club was because he was unsure he would be offered a professional contract.

"I wasn't too sure whether I was going to sign for Liverpool," added Wootton. "United invited me down for a week's trial and said they wanted to sign straight after that. It was really good."