25/10/2013 09:00, Report by G Thompson, M Froggatt
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Riley dances around United

Countdown's Rachel Riley, and current star of Strictly Come Dancing, takes time out from her training to discuss her beloved Manchester United…

What have you made of the season so far?
Obviously we’d like to be a bit higher in the table, but I think everyone accepts this season is a bit of a transitional one. Let’s see where we’re at Christmas - hopefully we’ll be there or thereabouts. If we can keep everybody fit we’ll always have a great chance.

Which players have stood out for you?
Rooney has been in great form, which has been brilliant to see. He’s scored some great goals and produced some good performances. Januzaj looks a really exciting player too - his winner at Sunderland was brilliant. Hopefully there are more goals to come.

Have you managed to get to Old Trafford this season?
No I haven’t yet because of Strictly, but I’ve followed all the games. The one I properly sat down to watch was the Manchester derby but we’ll forget that one! Hopefully I’ll get to come soon. I’ll definitely be finished on Strictly by Christmas at the latest so I’ll be here with my dad as soon as I can.

How has the Strictly experience been so far?
I’m loving it, I didn’t realise how much I would. It’s been so much fun but it’s also hard work. It’s like learning to walk again and I’m using muscles I didn’t know existed! There is more skill involved than you think - you’re doing lots of spins, turns, and lifts - in heels! I’m loving the challenge though and getting such a buzz from

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