Simpson eager for chance

Promising defender hopes for opportunity

Simpson: United through and through

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Manchester United defender Danny Simpson has insisted that he is willing to work hard for a first team opportunity at Old Trafford.

"I am a Manchester United boy"

Danny Simpson

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The 20-year-old spent the second half of last season on-loan at Sunderland, having been at Royal Antwerp earlier in the campaign.

Black Cats boss Roy Keane was eager to keep Simpson on his books, but after a discussion with Sir Alex Ferguson, the youngster opted to return to The Red Devils.

Rated highly

The Northern Ireland international, who is rated highly at Old Trafford, explained that he plans to see out the first few months of the season before reviewing his situation.

"I am a Manchester United boy. Until the day arrives when Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't want me, I will be happy to stay," Simpson said.

"I know Roy (Keane) would have liked me to go back on loan but the manager said he wanted me here and see how the first few months of the season goes.

"He wants me to keep working hard and he will try to give me some games."

Meanwhile, promising Irish defender Craig Cathcart has joined Royal Antwerp on loan until 1st January 2008.

Several players have enjoyed spells at the Bosuil Stadium and Cathcart will be hoping to utilise his experience in Belgium.