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Monday 10 February 2014

Barclays U21s: Petrucci looking to shine at Old Trafford

Man Utd aiming to move up the table when they host West Ham United at Old Trafford on Monday

  • Davide Petrucci is hoping for a noisy crowd at Old Trafford

  • Elliot Lee is actrion against MAnchester United last season

Players from both Manchester United and West Ham United are looking forward to Monday evening's Barclays Under-21 Premier League match taking place at Old Trafford.

The rules of the competition state that clubs must host at least three home matches at their main stadium and The Theatre of Dreams is the biggest stage possible for the young talent at each club.

 Davide Petrucci
Born: 5 Oct 1991, Rome
Position: Midfield
Joined from Roma in 2008

Loans: Peterborough United, Royal Antwerp

It was where Manchester United won the inaugural competition last May and they go into the fixture looking to make up ground from their league position of eighth.

After returning from a loan spell at Royal Antwerp, in Belgium, Manchester United's Davide Petrucci is looking to continue his good form in the competition, having scored a direct free-kick last time out against Leicester City. The 22-year-old, who was part of last season’s team, is hoping a decent crowd can inspire him and his team-mates.

"It's a good chance for everybody to show what they can do," Petrucci said. "If there is more of a crowd, it will be better for the guys. We won the cup there and I lifted it. It was such a proud moment for me. I've scored a couple of goals at Old Trafford as well."

For West Ham's Elliot Lee, Old Trafford has pleasant memories because it is where he made his senior debut, playing the final 12 minutes of a 1-0 FA Cup third-round defeat a year ago.

Having led the table with one defeat in their opening 10 matches, a slip in form, including consecutive defeats by West Bromwich Albion and Fulham since the turn of the year have dropped the Hammers to sixth.

Lee, the son of former West Ham United and England midfielder Rob Lee, is hoping he and his team will be inspired by the surroundings so that Nick Haycok’s team can return to winning ways.

 Elliott Lee
Born: 16 December 1994, Newcastle
Position: Forward
Loan: Colchester United
BPL apps: 1

"It was one of the proudest days of my life, making my debut, and I don't think there are many better places to do so than Old Trafford," the 19-year-old forward told West Ham TV. "So I’m looking forward to going back with the boys and hopefully we can get three points.

"We want to get back on track now, get three points and start climbing back up the table. Playing in any stadium is good and it makes you perform better, but playing at Old Trafford the boys are going to be really up for it."

Full the full interview with Petrucci, click here and with Lee, click here.

Entrance to Old Trafford for the match is free for executive club members, season-ticket holders, members and Under-16s. All other spectators can pay £3 at the Manchester United Ticket Office.

Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixtures

Monday 10 February
Blackburn Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur, 7pm, Leigh Sports Village
Everton v Sunderland, 7pm, Haig Avenue
Manchester United v West Ham United, 7pm, Old Trafford
Newcastle United v Leicester City, 7pm, Northumberland FA
Reading v Manchester City, 1pm, Hogwood Park

Find out the full Barclays Under-21 fixture list here and view the table here.

To discover all Under-21 Premier League Cup results to date, click here.

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

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Key Points

  • Davide Petrucci and Elliot Lee speak ahead of Monday's Barclays U21s match between Man Utd and West Ham
  • Match takes place at Old Trafford with a 7pm kick-off
  • There are five other matches taking place on Monday evening