Scott Wootton may find himself thrust into the limelight this season as defensive injuries ravage Manchester United’s back line, but he’s happy still being able to sneak under the radar as he did at Anfield a few weeks ago.
Wootton made his first team debut against Newcastle in the League Cup last week and then made his Champions League debut against Cluj on Tuesday night replacing Jonny Evans.
With Vidic, Smalling, Jones and potentially Evans all out it means that Wootton could be drafted in beside Rio Ferdinand, and he is ready to grab the chance with both hands:
“The last week or so has been amazing.
“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.
“It is always the way. As a young player, 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.”
His debut against Newcastle last week marks a notable journey for the 21 year old, after he made the jump from Liverpool to United as an academy player but Wootton believes he made the right choice:
“I wasn’t too sure whether I was going to sign (for Liverpool).
“United invited me down for a week’s trial and said they wanted to sign straight after that. It was really good.”
Wootton has returned to Liverpool a number of times with United but his most recent trip may have been his most enjoyable, sneaking into the away section for United’s 2-1 win over the Merseyside club last month:
“I was never a Liverpool fan or anything like that, so I just went mad like everyone else when Robin van Persie scored!”