INTERVIEW: Welcome to a new face

We caught up with Sean McGinty

As far as loan moves go things could not have happened any quicker for Manchester United defender Sean McGinty as he found himself in the starting line-up for a reserve game against Stoke on Monday night and then at a pre-match meal ahead of a huge derby game at Deepdale with his new Carlisle team-mates just 19 hours later.

The first question had to be - so how does that work then?

"I only found out it was definitely happening this morning [Tuesday]," he admitted. "I thought I played well in the game against Stoke and I got a call from the manager to tell me that Carlisle were interested. I was more than happy to come.

"I had no idea that Greg was there to watch me to be honest but I was delighted that he had shown an interest. I've had some loan deals before this one and it's nice to get out and play games. I played four games for Morecambe before I dislocated my shoulder and I had a spell with Oxford, and it's a good chance to show people what you can do.

"Coming to meet a group on the day of a game is quite daunting but they've made me feel very welcome. I'm just looking forward to the challenge now."

But with it all happening so quickly it was down to advice over the telephone from the Manchester staff before he made the short trip to Lancaster to meet up with the United squad.

"Warren [Joyce] is a great guy and he has worked a lot with me over the season so far," he said. "He's been with me for the two years I've had with the reserve side and he looks after me. He told me that this will be a great learning curve for me and that I should enjoy it as much as I can because this is a very good club. It's league football where every point matters and you don't get that in reserve football. I'm here to get as much as possible from the whole experience."

"I had a quick chat with Greg [Abbott] when I got to the hotel in Lancaster and he has told me that I'm here to do my job," he continued. "I can play at centre half, left back ... in fact I don't really care. If he's picking me I'll be more than happy. I've seen first hand that it's going to be a hard side to get into. That was a heck of a game to watch tonight and we played really well. I'm just really looking forward to getting my chance, whenever that may be.

"I haven't played at League One level before so it's a completely different kind of challenge for me. It's going to be good to test myself though and I can't wait to get into training and to getting the work done."

Speaking more about the Preston game, he said: "It was brilliant to watch and a great performance from the lads. We were unfortunate not to get the win in the end but we performed really well. 

"It was in front of nearly 10,000 fans as well so the atmosphere was superb. I can't wait to be a part of it all."

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