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08/12/2010 08:30, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Obertan aims high

well as the coaches and the manager, he’s the most important person to me at the club. He always gives advice after games, he is objective and if I’ve not played well he’ll tell me straight, which helps in aspects of my game that I need to improve. Even if I had a problem with something in life in general, he’s always willing to help. That’s important for a young player.

You’re one of a number of young players at the club, is there are a lot of camaraderie and togetherness with the young players?
We all get on very well. I’m good friends with [Danny] Welbeck, [Tom] Cleverley and the twins. I think it’s because we all know why we are here and we want to work in the same direction. We’ve all got the same aim: to get into the team.

Do you feel part of a new generation of young players emerging at United?
Definitely. I think so. There are a lot of talented young players here with very good qualities. We just need a bit more time and a bit more experience, it’s just a matter of getting minutes on the pitch.

At the same time, do you think the current blend of young players and older, more experienced, players can be successful now, not just in the future?
I think it’s the perfect mix in a lot of ways because on one side we’ve got the experience of Giggsy and Scholesy, even players like Rio, Vidic, Evra, and then on the other side there are the young players, who give 100 per cent on the pitch and bring lots of enthusiasm. Hopefully we have the balance right to be successful now and in the future.

You’ve played as a second striker and as a winger. Do you have a preference for either position?
I’ve always liked playing on the wing – left or right, it doesn’t matter. Playing behind the striker is a new position for me, but I like it because you have more liberty to move around than you do on the wing. You can get involved in the game a lot more. That might end up being my final position, but right now I am happy playing out wide… or anywhere, I just want to play!

Fan’s question... Who was your footballing idol growing up in France? - Alan Crowther
When I was young it was Rivaldo and Thierry Henry. I watched him for the national team and when he was here in England. He scored a lot of goals and he was a very modern attacking player. I am trying to take something from his game. Like me, when Henry started out he was a winger.

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