disciplined, not just in your work but in your life in general. You have to get proper rest, watch what you eat and give everything when you go out there and perform on stage or on the pitch. Both footballers and dancers suffer the frustrations of injuries – there is nothing worse when you’re a performer and I think we’re both perfectionists in our own fields. Their training is like our rehearsals and you have to have that inner discipline to be the best you can possibly be. If footballers don’t train well enough they won’t reach the standard needed to win games and trophies and if we don’t rehearse properly then we’ll make mistakes on stage. Both professions are about hard work and discipline, as well as making sure you enjoy yourself because we’re very lucky to be doing what we doing.
Which United player would you liken yourself to when it comes to footballing ability?
I play the odd game in central midfield, but my main position is left-back so I’d say I’m a bit like Patrice Evra. I’m an energetic player who never stops running and I love bombing forward like Patrice does.
You performed on the Old Trafford pitch at the United Relief charity event with Flawless in 2010 – what was that experience like?
It was very surreal. I still remember walking into the ground and being totally amazed at the size of it and then walking out onto the pitch to perform was one of the best moments I’ve experienced. We’ve been lucky to perform at a lot of big venues but this was very special for me given my love for United. It brought back a lot of football memories and a part of me was a bit gutted I could only dance on the pitch and not play!
Which of the current players do you think could cut it on the dance floor?
I’ve heard Danny Welbeck has got a few moves and I’d be more than happy to teach him a few routines he could bring out for when he scores!
Finally, are you confident Danny and co. can fire us to glory and some silverware this season?
Absolutely. United have always been brilliant at bouncing back and, in my head anyway, last season is forgotten. Yes, it was a wake-up call but I always have faith in the team and I believe we’ll win at least one trophy this season. City will be there again challenging for the big honours, but I don’t see them ever getting