United fan gunning for Youth Cup shockProlific striker Jason Gilchrist wants to knock his favourite club out of the FA Youth Cup when he fulfils a lifelong ambition on Friday night.
Gilchrist has grown up as a Manchester United fan, despite starting his career with neighbours City.
But he will have the Red Devils in his sights when he leads the Clarets’ attack in their third-round clash at Old Trafford (kick-off 7pm).
“I am a United fan. It’s always been a dream to play there,” revealed Gilchrist, who celebrates his 18th-birthday later this month.
“I am so looking forward to it and I can’t wait to get out there. I don’t know what I would do if I scored!”
Gilchrist might not have worked out any possible celebration, but he is certainly no stranger to finding the back of the net.
The St Helens-born striker – who spent ten years at City before released and joining Burnley at the age of 16 – scored 24 times in his first season at Turf Moor, including a hat-trick in a third-round win over Boston which launched the Clarets on their way to the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in 34 years.
He has added 16 more already this term – including three hat-tricks.
And Gilchrist, one of only three ‘second-year’ players in Terry Pashley’s side, is likely to have a big part to play if Burnley are to pull off a massive upset against the ten-times winners.
“Pash always says we have to lead by example and I think we have done that pretty well this year,” he added.
“I think we have helped the younger players in games and I think they have done very well themselves.
“We had an easier draw last year but we have a good set of lads I think we will take it in our stride.
“You never know. You have seen so many cup surprises so anything can happen and if we are on our game we will give them a good game.”
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