JOSHUA Bohui says he is determined to be a success at Colchester United – and eventually compete at the top level with his pal Mason Greenwood.

Bohui joined the U’s on a two-year deal earlier this month, having spent three years at Manchester United before leaving Old Trafford for Dutch outfit NAC Breda, last year.

The 21-year-old became a regular for the Reds’ under-23 and under-18 times after arriving at Old Trafford, playing with the likes of Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong.

Greenwood has gone on to shine for United at senior level along with England on the international stage and U’s forward Bohui is determined to one day join him - and potentially return to Manchester.

Bohui said: “It’s really hard to break into the first team at Manchester United so I’ve tried to build a different route but I know that one day, I’ll reach that level again and I’ll be playing for a great team, such as Manchester United.

“I still keep in contact with Mason Greenwood and he’s a great guy to be around.

“He’s still young and it’s just a matter of timing until we all play together again.

“I played with him in the youth team and people have different pathways.

“My pathway is with Colchester and working my way back up to the top.

“He’s had the opportunity and he’s taken his at United.

“It’s not just Mason; there’s players like Angel Gomes, who’s gone out to Portugal now.

“We’re all taking different pathways but I’m certain that we’ll all reach that higher level one day and possibly play together or against each other.

“Manchester United is a fantastic club and they’ve developed me so much.

“I felt like it was the right time for me to get ahead in my career and get some first-team minutes.”

Bohui has so far made four substitute appearances for Colchester having made his debut for them at Walsall, earlier this month.

“You can only get so much out of 23s football and the difference between that and first-team football is huge,” added the former Brentford youngster.

“I don’t think enough 23s coaches or players get that recognition and when they do make that step to the first team, it is a big, big step.

“The intensity of football is much higher in the first team and that’s where you want to play at.”