Dylan Levitt says he refuses to give up hope of playing for Manchester United’s first team – and can’t stop thinking about it.
Levitt played for the first team in the Europa League in November 2019, and played well despite a 2-1 away loss to Astana.
Since then it has been tough for Levitt. He suffered an illness, then came the lockdown, and then an unproductive loan to Charlton where he started just three league games.
Now on loan in Croatia with NK Istra in order to get his Wales international hopes on track, Levitt insists he refuses to give up on making it at United.
Levitt told The Times: “I don’t like to project too far ahead. But I still want to be pushing for the first team.
“First day back at United in the summer, that’s what I’ll be aiming for. I’ve felt it ever since that Astana game, I’ve been thinking 24-7 about the first team. I’m still thinking about it now.”
At present Levitt is among three young midfielders along with James Garner and Ethan Galbraith, each hoping to crack United’s first team.
Of the three, he is probably furthest down the queue right now after a tough year, but that can quickly change.
Levitt says he hopes his time on loan in Croatia playing in the country’s top flight will benefit him ‘long term’, beyond his ambition of making the Wales international squad for the Euros.
Levitt was named in Wales’ 31-man international squad this week, but there will only be 23 places available for Euro 2021.
The midfielder’s attitude is great to hear. He will return to Carrington in the summer ready to give it his best shot. It could even be a blessing in disguise if he misses the Euros and returns fresh, and quickly. If he can make a good impression on Solskjaer and the coaching staff, then who knows.
Loan spell picking up
Levitt’s time in Croatia is beginning to pick up. After four games as an unused substitute, he made his debut from the bench at the weekend.
Then in midweek he started a cup fixture and provided an assist in a 3-0 win.
There is a couple of months left of the season for Levitt to build on this, pick up some momentum, and continue his development.
Whatever lies ahead of him for United and Wales, he has the right attitude. At the very least, he can hope to secure a bigger loan move for next season, to try and continue his progression.
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