Park Ji Sung, Darron Gibson, Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba have all moved on this year and this means that space has been created for others to fill the voids their departures have created.
Having been on the first leg of United’s DHL pre season tour Tunnicliffe has had a taste of first team duty, making appearances in both South Africa and China as well as fulfilling a life ambition of playing alongside Paul Scholes, and is eager for more.
Part of the 2011 FAYC winning midfield alongside Morrison and Pogba, Tunnicliffe feels that now is the ideal time to push on and become part of Sir Alex’s first team plans and with the experience of last season’s loan at Peterborough under his belt, he feels he is ready to ease his way into the team even if there are others also looking to do so as he told Inside United:
“There are not as many people.
“But we’ve still got Larnell [Cole] and Jesse [Lingard], who are doing very well as well, and people who are younger than me and have got me looking over my shoulder as well as looking forward.
“There is a gap but I think there are still plenty of good players in the squad that I’ve got to get past to even get a few games this year.”