Northern Ireland teenager Ethan Galbraith has revealed how training alongside fellow midfielders Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes has improved his game on and off the pitch at Manchester United.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Belfast Telegraph, the 19-year-old has also spoken about the boost in confidence he received from Old Trafford manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, why national team skipper Steven Davis is an inspiration for him and the family support and sacrifices that have helped him to this point.
Belfast boy Galbraith is one of Northern Ireland's brightest young prospects. Already he has won a senior international cap, with many more to come, and earlier this month shone for the Under-21 side in their Euro qualifiers against Malta and Denmark.
Hopes are high at United too. At 18 he made his first-team bow in November last year, coming off the bench against Astana in the Europa League, and after football returned in the summer following lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, he was included in Solskjaer's squad for the climax of the same competition in Germany.
"When the manager included me in the squad for the European games it was a big boost and my confidence was sky high," said Galbraith.
"It's my dream to play for the first team, and even to go away with them at that stage in my development was unbelievable.
"The manager has been very good for me. Bringing me in and taking me away to Germany gave me a great lift and my aim is to keep working as hard as possible and keep progressing."
Galbraith says watching and working in training with the likes of French World Cup winner Pogba and Portugal's Fernandes, who has excelled since arriving at the club in January, has helped him raise his standards.
"Training with the first team is fantastic. I am learning so much from every midfielder," he said.
"You look at great players like Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes and every session you are learning a lot watching them and playing with them, and then you take it into your game.
"Training every day at that level is a very high standard and I can feel myself improving as a player. It has helped me a lot with managing the game and getting a better understanding of the game. I think I am maturing more and mentally I feel I am improving off the pitch, conducting myself right."
In his time at United, playing in their underage sides, he has acquired a reputation for scoring stunning goals.
Galbraith added: "They only come up every so often but they are normally from outside the box. When I was younger I was actually a striker so I used to love having a strike at goal, but now I've developed into a midfielder. Even so, I like to have a go every so often. I just want to keep developing every part of my game."
For decades United have sent young talent out on loan before bringing them back to shine at the Theatre of Dreams, where he has been since signing a three-year deal in 2017.
My dad's side are Liverpool and my mum's side are more United so it is a bit of a mix, but I know my whole family are right behind me and want to see me do well with United.
There is every chance the same will happen to Galbraith, who has a serious competitive streak and sumptuous skills honed on the streets of Glengormley with his friends and for Carnmoney Colts when he was a kid.
Spotted by United scout Tony Coulter playing for a Linfield youth team, Galbraith has a lovely way about him. He's honest and fun to talk to and determined to make his family proud.
"My parents have been a huge support to me, and growing up my big sister Molly made sacrifices as well," said Galbraith.
"She would have had her own stuff to do but would have come to watch me play football, so I appreciate what all of them have done to help me get to where I am today.
"I have a wee brother, Max, who is 10 and he is starting to play football now. He supports Liverpool. My dad's side are Liverpool and my mum's side are more United so it is a bit of a mix, but I know my whole family are right behind me and want to see me do well with United.
"When Covid came about United sent us home straight away, so I got the longest period with my mum and dad that I have had in the last three years, and from that point of view, with everything that was going on, it was good to be back with my family."
Galbraith also enjoyed being back with the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad recently for the first time in almost a year, playing alongside his close pal Alfie McCalmont. The Manchester United and Leeds United aces have the potential to be midfield partners for years to come in the Northern Ireland senior set-up.
"Every time we join up it is good being around the group and it's good to play alongside Alfie. Me and him off the pitch are very good mates, so playing alongside each other is a lot easier on the pitch. We are developing a good understanding and hopefully that can continue," he stated.
Since he was at primary school, Galbraith has idolised Northern Ireland captain Davis. When making his international debut against Luxembourg 12 months ago, the teenager came on with the Rangers star, who next month is set to become the country's most-capped player ever.
"That was a big moment. I have looked up to Davo since I was really young. When you think of how many games he has played for Northern Ireland and how he has played, it shows how good he is. He's just quality and a real inspiration because you want to emulate people like him," said Galbraith.
"Everyone in the Under-21 squad pushes for that promotion to the senior side and to become a regular, and it's something I am really determined to do in the future."