Obertan prepared to be patient

French youngster still feeling his way in at Old Trafford

Obertan: Still learning

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Gabriel Obertan accepts that he must bide his time in his efforts to become a first-team regular at Manchester United.

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The 21-year-old has been on the books at Old Trafford for almost 18 months now, having joined from Bordeaux in the summer of 2009.

His first season in England was one of limited opportunities, with Sir Alex Ferguson keen to ease the youngster in gently.

That continues to be the approach this term, with Obertan often finding himself among the substitutes.

The Frenchman is not too concerned about his standing in the United pecking order, though, as he appreciates that he must prove his worth before being handed a starring role.

"I am at Manchester United to improve," Obertan told L'Equipe.

"I would prefer to play all the time, but I am not panicking. At a club like this, there is no reason for me to be impatient.

Focus

"My time will come. On Nani's side it might be difficult, but on the other wing there might be an opportunity.

"I have been ill recently so I would be surprised to make the starting XI against Birmingham (on Tuesday). But Nani has been injured and Park (Ji-sung) is set to leave for the Asian Cup, so there might be a chance for me."

Obertan claims he has been assured by Ferguson that he remains an integral part of his plans, especially with the games coming thick and fast over the festive period.

"Sometimes he speaks to me," added Obertan.

"The last time he told me not to be worried and that I would get opportunities before the New Year.

"He has also asked me to be more focused inside the box, to finish my work better.

"It is frustrating sometimes on the bench, but I know I am improving. I would not swap places for anything in the world."