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Bigirimana elated with start to life at Newcastle

Teenager Gael Bigirimana is hoping his dream start to the season continues as Newcastle visit Manchester United on Wednesday night. The teenage midfielder was handed his senior debut for the club he joined from Coventry this summer in a Europa League clash with Atromitos in Athens last month, and has since tasted Barclays Premier League action as a substitute.

The 18 year old said: "I just keep saying it's been a dream because it's been ridiculous the way things have gone - in a good way - playing as many games as I have.

"Thanks to the manager, he has put his trust in me, and the staff and the players, and I have just got to trust in the manager for the decisions he makes.

"He knows what's best for me because he has already given me the chance to play the games I didn't think I would play, so I have just got to trust him and keep working hard.

"When we heard that we were drawn with Manchester United, it was a really good draw. The club is just massive and the stadium is like a dream for every kid, so I just hope the manager will bring me on or start me.

"If I come on for five minutes, it will be a dream come true - even to just play five minutes, 10 minutes at that stadium."

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