“Hi George, I remember that it was new, something of a new culture for me, coming to United. It was a dream come true. What I remember is with our kids, like me, Jesse, Sam Johnstone, all the players, the Keanes, we had a dream to play professional and play for the first team. To enjoy, and when I see the guys in the first team and follow our dream. It’s this that’s beautiful, just beautiful. We believed and we achieved and that is something that, if I have a message for kids and everything, it is just to believe in your dream and you can achieve it.”
Michael O (Nigeria) Your smile during games is infectious. How do you manage to stay so happy in games, was Ronaldinho an inspiration in this respect?
“Hi Michael, like I’ve said, football started in the streets, laughing with my friends. That’s how I started playing football. So, I man, smiling or being angry won’t change the result. I just feel happy, feel confident when I’m happy on the pitch. That is when I can perform on the pitch the best, just keep smiling, keep believing in myself. After, we will get the result that we want.”
Alan M (UK) What does your nickname La Pioche mean and where does it come from?
“Hi Alan, I don’t think people understand as it’s a French word so, basically, it’s like the joker; the person that jokes and likes to annoy people sometimes, but in a jokey way. That’s La Pioche. How I see it, the Pioche to other people. It comes from the comedian that is called Gohou, Gohou Michel, from Ivory Coast. He used to joke with people and he used to say jokes, say things that never happened, stuff like that. That’s where it came from, my La Pioche is a bit different from that Pioche. I don’t know if you get it!”
Steve M (Nigeria) Who has the best dress sense in the changing room? Is it you as your style is out of this world. Where do you get the inspiration for it?
“Steve, I think you already know! [laughs] Yeah, it’s just different, you know. Sometimes people don’t understand it and are a bit surprised with the colours I put in. I’m just being myself, just being different. Maybe I’m not the best but, for myself, I am the best and that is all that matters.”
Mo A (UK) Rashford and Mbappe – what are the similarities and what are the differences?
“Hi Mo, they’re two big, big, big talents. I think they are so young and so talented. They achieved so much for their young age. I think they are the present and the future of football.”