Manchester United prospect Saidy Janko is preparing to celebrate an action-packed year at the club as he continues to make rapid progress.
The Switzerland Under-19 international has made his mark since arriving from FC Zurich and was voted the Denzil Haroun Player of the Year for his performances in last term’s Under-21 side. With the focus firmly on starring for Warren Joyce’s team and pushing for promotion to the first-team squad, the 18-year-old discussed the pre-season period and his ambitions for 2014/15 with Inside United…
How much have you enjoyed the build-up to the new campaign?
It's been quite hard, both with the Under-21s and in a spell with the first team. I was mainly with them as I did two weeks’ worth of training before they went away on tour. Of course, it was good experience to be around new people and a new regime. Since then, I’ve been with the Under-21s.
Have you noticed any differences under the new regime?
Yes. I can’t quite tell what it is, though. But something is different. It certainly feels good and everyone is really concentrated and ready for the new season.
There has been a lot of talk about wing-backs in Louis van Gaal’s new 3-5-2 formation. Is this a position you could be suited to?
Well, the Under-21s are still playing the same formation and not the system with three at the back but, yes, I’ve played there before in Switzerland for both FC Zurich and the international team as well. Obviously, it’s not at that [first team] level, though, so it would be different.
One of the key features seems to be having the energy to get up and down the pitch, is that something you’d be