Kieran keen to start
By Alex Dunn. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
England new boy Kieran Richardson admits he will not be content to play second fiddle at Manchester United next term.
The talented 20-year-old, who has enjoyed a productive campaign on loan at West Brom, concedes that he has to be playing regularly to remain in Sven Goran Eriksson's plans.
Richardson exploded onto the international scene at the weekend with a pair of goals against USA and is now anxious to be given a chance in Manchester.
Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to rate the player but gave him just 22 minutes of first team action this season, before shipping him out to The Hawthorns for the remainder of the campaign.
Richardson has intimated that he wants both a new deal and to prove himself at United, amidst interest from several other Premiership clubs, but it would appear he is impatient for regular starts at club level.
''I definitely need regular first team football next season,'' said Richardson.
''Hopefully, I can get that with Manchester United. That is the key to everything.
''But if I am not playing regularly in the side, then Mr Eriksson cannot come to see how I am doing.
''I've improved so much as a result of my three months on loan at West Brom. I wasn't playing a lot at United and spent most of my time in the reserves.
''Hopefully, my performance on Saturday will help me to stay in the squad.
''But I need to be playing well at club level to stay in it.''
West Brom and Aston Villa are thought to be at the front of the queue, should Ferguson allow Richardson to leave Old Trafford next season.