Warren Joyce also said you really want to be a footballer. It sounds simple but is this a vital trait?
Ever since I was five, I’ve loved to play football and always had the ball at my feet. I am just trying to make a career in it because I really love football and I hope to keep going and do something for the future.
Was it difficult being sidelined for so long last season through injury?
Yes. I was still learning, even though I was injured, but I had never had an injury before and that was the first one. You learn a lot when you are injured. After that, I came back and wanted to show the coaches what I can do.
Were you able to work in the gym, even though you were unable to train?
Yes. That helps as well because you are getting stronger and doing different things that are all parts of football. So it was actually a good experience even if I hope not to be injured again!
You also had a slight delay before starting your United career. Was that frustrating?
That’s right. I had to wait for the paperwork to come through on the transfer. It was just a case of training hard, even though I wasn’t playing, and just thinking: ‘I don’t know but maybe tomorrow it will come through’. So I was just hoping to do my best.
You are one of four young Belgians here – how do you find that?
It’s very good to have Belgian players with you and it does help me. I had Paul Pogba here as well when I arrived and he was talking French so I was mostly talking with him. I learned with Pogba too and, when I started speaking English, I became more integrated with the