The keeper made only his second league start of the season in Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Blackburn.
Simonsen said: "This is the chance I've been waiting for. I played all last season and I had a good pre-season so I did feel hard done by.
"But when you get your chance you have to make sure you take it.
"It doesn't bother me facing Wayne Rooney or anyone else. It would just be a pleasure to play. I'd relish the opportunity."