Rising prodigy Scott Wootton reflects on ‘amazing’ week, as Manchester United ace prepares for league debut

By Pippa Field

Following his rapid rise through the ranks, young defender Scott Wootton is enjoying stepping in to help as Manchester United’s injury worries continue.

The 21-year-old – who made his first senior start against Newcastle in the Capital One Cup last week – could well be facing the Magpies again this Sunday with Jonny Evans struggling with injury.

With three central defenders already ruled out and now Evans battling the effects of a dead leg, United are facing an injury crisis.

But Sir Alex Ferguson’s nightmare has been Wootton’s gain – the defender finds himself catapulted into the first team, including coming off the bench again this week in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Cluj.

“The last week or so has been amazing,” said the former Liverpool Academy player.

“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.

“As a young player, obviously you don’t wish injuries on someone, but that’s how you might get your chance.”

Wootton, who turned down the chance to sign full time with Liverpool, admitted that despite his promotion to the first team, he simply wants to concentrate on his football.

He said: “For young players at a lot of top clubs the League Cup is where the managers embed them into the team, so obviously I was delighted with that.

“But in all these situations, it would be wrong to do anything different than you would normally.

“Obviously there are some extra special things like the team talks, coming away with the first team and the fans, which are different from what you’re are used to.

“But you just try and concentrate on your football just the same.”

The defender also revealed the differences with making the step up to playing at the highest level.

“Everything is that extra step quicker,” he said.

“You’ve always got to concentrate, you can’t switch off for one minute.”

With the possibility of making his Premier League debut this weekend, young Wootton will be looking to continue his good run.

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