Cardiff loanee Danny Drinkwater has stated that he has not given up on his dream to make Manchester United's first team.
The midfielder was a regular at reserve level for the Red Devils under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but has yet to taste any senior action.
The 20-year-old was sent out on loan to Huddersfield last season, but despite the League One club keen to re-sign him, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wanted him to move up a level to play in the Championship.
Bluebirds boss Dave Jones has brought in Drinkwater to fill the void in central midfield following Joe Ledley's move to Celtic and Riccy Scimeca's retirement, but will have to wait for the club's transfer embargo to be lifted before he can complete the deal.
Drinkwater admitted that, despite the opportunity to play at the Cardiff City Stadium, his desire was still to play at Old Trafford in the long term and to achieve at the highest level.
"I would love to play for Manchester United and, if things go as I want them to, I believe I can achieve that," he told the South Wales Echo.
"But I know it's going to be difficult.
"Even in training Paul Scholes proves he is one of the best midfielders about, and Michael Carrick as well. All the midfielders at United are class.
"But the gaffer has a good relationship with Dave Jones and I always wanted to go out on loan in the Championship.
"Cardiff went close to promotion last season and I would love to help them take it a step farther.
"Cardiff have a lot of quality players right through the squad, such as Stephen McPhail and I've known Tom Heaton for a while when he was at United, and it's good to see him.
"He has certainly helped me settle in."