Elliot Lee is buoyed by the prospect of returning to the place he made his senior West Ham United bow on Monday evening, at Old Trafford no less.

The teenage frontman, who played the final 12 minutes of a 1-0 FA Cup with Budweiser third-round reverse in January 2013, will comprise part of the travelling party hoping to end a difficult start to 2014 in the Barclays U21 Premier League, when they take on Manchester United.

Defeat at home by West Bromwich Albion (3-0) and then at Fulham's Motspur Park (1-0) have seen the Hammers' Development Squad slip to sixth in the standings, having led for much of the way prior to Christmas.

The task now is to rediscover the form that saw Nick Haycock's men beaten just once in their first ten league outings and Lee has more motivation than most to produce a performance befitting of the stage on Monday.

He told West Ham TV: "It was one of the proudest days of my life, making my debut, and I don't think there are many better places to do so than Old Trafford. So I'm looking forward to going back with the boys and hopefully we can get three points.

"As a squad we're not happy with the last two results, losing to West Brom and then obviously Fulham wasn't a great performance either. We want to get back on track now, get three points and start climbing back up the table, because we've dropped a little bit, so hopefully we can get up to first or second."

With competition rules dictating that each club has to play at least three home fixtures at their main stadium, West Ham's youngsters will have the rare opportunity to strut their stuff at the Theatre of Dreams.

Nineteen-year-old Lee is adamant that a venue can inspire and hopes it will do just that to his colleagues come kick-off.

"It definitely does [make a difference to your level of performance], he continued. "Playing in any stadium is good and it makes you perform better, but playing at Old Trafford I think the boys are going to be really up for it.

"Hopefully we can go there and put in a great performance. We're due one!"

On a similar note, Lee reckons that U21 football is the perfect platform for him and his contemporaries to impress, in the hope of bagging loan deals.

West Ham's No32 has already spent a month at Sky Bet League One outfit Colchester United this term and is by no means averse to a second short-term deal, should one arise. But in the meanwhile, his sole focus is on adding to his season's tally of six league goals for the Hammers to date.

He added: "It's good to see Paul [McCallum], Blair [Turgott] and Moncs [George Moncur] go out on loan, so this is a great chance for the boys who haven't been playing. Hopefully we can all put in performances, get spotted by someone and get the rest of us out on loan.

"I'm just looking forward to scoring more goals this season. If I get a loan move, I get a loan move but if not I'll just keep scoring in the U21s and see what happens."