Academy was just for the Under-18s.
When you go full time in the Liverpool Academy you don’t get to see the first team or Reserves, which is different to how it is here. I think it’s much better here that you’re surrounded by players who you aspire to be like. You see them around the building, watch them training and it motivates you. Plus you feel more of a part of the club here. You’re around the players, the coaching staff, the ground staff, everyone.
How do you think you’ve developed since coming to United?
I think I’ve developed well since I came here as an Under-16. I’ve got bigger and stronger, although I still need to work on that. I’m quicker, but that’s still a weak point and I need to work on that too. I think my heading over the last 12 months has really improved, and my reading of the game, and my technique has obviously improved. Most general things have developed as a result of full-time training.
Does training with the senior players help?
Definitely, and we train with them more than you’d probably think. The day after a game the first-team squad members who didn’t play train with the Reserves, because the Reserves isn’t a massive group. It also happens during international weeks, when you’ve got the older players and those who aren’t picked for their countries – the likes of Paul Scholes, Giggsy, Gaz Nev. We train with them and that’s great for us because you can see the things they do and pit yourself against them. You might try to mark them, or they’re marking you, and you can see how you get on. It’s really good.
Who have you come up against recently?
During the September international break we had Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville. Plus