Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson has revealed his determination to make the most of his current run in the side.
The 22-year-old went two months without an appearance following the Carling Cup victory over Wolves in September.
But he has suddenly appeared five times in 18 days as United's injury list has soared and Gibson has vowed to make the most of this opportunity to impress boss Sir Alex Ferguson and so earn a prolonged stay in the side.
He said: "Manchester United is the best club in the world. When you leave here there is only one way to go and that is down.
"As everyone knows, it is very difficult to make it at United but if you do it, you reap the rewards.
"The gaffer is famous for giving chances to young lads. If you take your chance he sticks with you, so hopefully I will keep getting a few more games."
Reflecting on the current spate of injuries, he added: "It is a difficult time for United.
"Obviously I don't like players being injured but it has given me a chance to prove myself.
"From not playing at all to playing three games in a week is tough going. But the manager has shown enough trust in me and I feel I have taken my opportunities so far.
"Hopefully they keep coming."
But Gibson also knows the time is approaching when his career will arrive at a crossroads if he does not get the opportunities.
"Last season was my first real one at getting games so hopefully this year I will get a lot more," he said.
"I am pushing a lot harder so we will see what happens, although I have not really got a timescale worked out."
As well as the Premier League action, Gibson is looking forward to the upcoming tasty cup ties against rivals Man City and Leeds.
"The cup ties are massive games," said Gibson.
"They represent another chance to prove myself in front of big crowds.
"It is tough to get into the team regularly when you are young but hopefully I can keep having a positive impact and scoring a few goals, then we will see where it takes me."