Highly-rated Man United youngster eyes first team

Manchester United midfielder Indy Boonen is eyeing a first-team position at Old Trafford as the teenager continues to impress.

The 18-year-old came through the youth system at Genk before joining United’s youth set-up in February 2015.

The Belgian was promoted to United’s Under-23 team before the start of the new season, and has scored once and provided one assist in nine Premier League 2 matches this term.

While the first team will be in action against Chelsea this weekend, Boonen is expected to feature in the Premier League Cup against Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.

United boss Jose Mourinho has not been afraid to promote youth since his arrival at Old Trafford, and Boonen has revealed that he is eyeing a first-team position.

Boonen told Man United’s official website:

“The ambition of everybody here is to make the first team. That is what we all want to do I’ve been getting games in the Reserves and the UEFA Youth League, and also in the national team.”

Boonen, who has scored once in two appearances for Belgium’s Under-19 team, mainly operates as a wide midfielder, but can also play through the middle.