Reds pair provide insight into the United squad

Sunday 26 February 2023 14:06

Manchester United defenders Harry Maguire and Diogo Dalot have talked us through their team-mates ahead of the Carabao Cup final with Newcastle United.

The Reds pair have provided some insight from the dressing room into the character and personality of the players as the squad's special bond will hopefully stand us in good stead for the Wembley occasion against the Magpies.

So whose dress sense comes under scrutiny, who gets on the dartboard, which Red is the biggest joker and who plays with his heart on his sleeve? Here are the answers.

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David De Gea
“He’s quite straight, straight to the point and he likes a little moan because he's a winner and he always wants the best for the team. But he's a top keeper, a great guy and great character."

Tom Heaton
“Tom is a big character in the dressing room and a good lad to have around. He comes in really positive and is a great guy. I’m not sure about his dress sense though as he is looking like a referee every now and again in his black tracksuit and has a big white hoodie, so he’s dressed as a snowman! He’s a great character in the changing room, all the lads love him; he’s a sociable one and all the lads chat to him.”    

Jack Butland
“I knew Jack previously from the England squad, and he lived around Cheshire as well before he went to Crystal Palace. He’s settled into the group really well. He’s on the dartboard every morning and is getting good at darts but he’s a great lad and a great goalkeeper, pushing the other keepers to play well.”

Victor Lindelof
“He’s a great guy to have around the place, friendly with everyone. Again, off the field he's what you see on the field: cool, calm and collected. The Ice Man!”

Lisandro Martinez
“Licha is a funny character. He has good banter and brings good energy to the group. On the field, he’s really fiery obviously but he can be calm and cool off it. And I think that is the best way to be.”

Tyrell Malacia
“Ty works hard, day in and day out. He is always in the gym and looks after himself. He’s really professional and really strong minded. He has high demands for himself.”

Raphael Varane
“Rapha is obviously a great competitor. He’s won it all. He’s a great role model for anyone to look up to and to be around in his presence. You really feel his presence. He’s a great lad to be with in the dressing room.”

Luke Shaw
“Luke’s... hmmm, I’d say he's a bit of a moaner! He’s a great character though. He’s good to have around the dressing room because he can be quiet or he can be loud. He mixes and matches it. It’s good to have him around and he’s a wonderful player.”

Aaron Wan-Bissaka
“Aaron is the silent assassin really. He’s really quiet but really nice to have a good conversation with. Again, he’s a great guy to have around the dressing room. He’s a quiet guy, he gets on with his work, does his work efficiently, and he works really hard on the training ground.”

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Bruno Fernandes
“I think he is very much like what you see on the pitch. He is a very passionate guy. He loves to win, hates to lose. Apart from that, he is a very team[-oriented] guy. You can see the leadership that he brings us, not just on the pitch but off it as well. It’s been a pleasure to play with him and share the dressing room with him.”

Marcel Sabitzer
“He brings that energy that we need in the midfield. He is aggressive and has a lot of experience as well. You can see by the way that he plays that he has been in the game for a while now and he has been in a tough league as well, where he came from, so it’s been a very good plus to have him here.”

“Fred is one of the biggest joys in the dressing room. The energy that he brings, he is always in a positive mood and trying to give good energy to everybody. And, on the pitch, what you can already see is that he is a fantastic player. He’s been here a while now, probably the same time as me, so we have had a very good relationship since he came here.”

“He’s more serious, a little bit more experienced as well. He knows the times where you can relax a little bit and when you have to be focused. With the amount of trophies that he’s won and the amount of experience he has, he knows already the right times to do everything. He gives us this energy as well, his experience passes to the others and I think it has been a pleasure since he arrived.”

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Scott McTominay
“He’s always ready to give an answer to everyone who tries to make some jokes. He loves to joke, especially with Tom Heaton. They are always joking [in the WhatsApp group] but, apart from being a very good character, he is one of the hardest workers I’ve worked with. Since I arrived, I have been very impressed with the way he works. I know I can always count on him – on the pitch and off the pitch.”

Facundo Pellistri
“He’s quiet and humble. He works hard every day in training. You see he is improving every single day in training. He is trying to get into the team and everybody loves him, everybody knows he works hard. I see a little bit of myself in him. When I arrived, in those periods when I didn’t play as much, I always worked hard to improve myself. He’s been doing that and, like I said, he’s a very humble person and a hard-working guy.”

Anthony Martial
“He’s a little bit like that [ice cold as the fans view him] but a very friendly guy. When he has to be serious, he is. He works hard and is a very good player to train with. Apart from that, you can see, on on the pitch and in training every single day, he is a great character. He can be very serious a times and I think it’s his personality and the way he works. It’s his way and I think it’s the best way for him to focus on his work, which is very hard work.”

Marcus Rashford
“Marcus does his bit and he knows, I think he’s now maturing a little bit more, and now knows what he has to do to be ready every single game to perform like he has been doing. But he’s not been much different since I arrived. He’s always worked hard and been professional. The only difference is he is scoring a lot of goals and it gives him more confidence and helps us even more. Marcus can be, like everyone else, one of the best players in the world, for sure.”

“I’ve been very close to him since he arrived, and he is fantastic. We used to say he has a ‘pure heart’. He came from a very humble place and worked really hard to be here. You can see he has his heart, as we say in Portugal, his heart on his mouth. So, every time he feels something, he will say it and overreact straight away. You have to understand him sometimes as he is very emotional and very passionate about what he does. I think the thing that he loves most is to play football. You can see his passion on the pitch.”

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Jadon Sancho
“I think Jadon is finding his way to be at his best level, like he’s showed in the past, and obviously there was room for improvement but he knows that and we all know he has the potential to do that. We want to help him do that and, apart from that, he is working really hard and his rewards will come very soon and the team will benefit.”

Wout Weghorst
“He’s very professional, a very professional guy. He’s quiet as well, he is very focused on details and very focused on their work. It’s been very helpful to have him here playing a lot of games now and I think we will see the benefit he is bringing to us a little bit more. Hopefully he’ll be rewarded with goals.”

Alejandro Garnacho
“He’s a proper young guy coming through in one of the best clubs in the world. He has the world at his feet. When things go well, everything is perfect. He is just trying to find that balance. We always try to help him as well to put both feet on the ground, to be humble and work hard and, to be honest, I’ve seen a different Garnacho since the start of the season. The manager has been helping him a lot and we, as a team, have been helping him a lot. He’s done personal bits, works hard, especially in training, to show that he is ready to play so, when he goes onto the pitch, he can do what he has been doing, which is scoring goals, assisting and helping the team.”

Anthony Elanga
“Anthony Elanga, for me, is probably one of the most professional guys that I’ve known since I started football. I also see a lot of myself in him in terms of trying to wait for the opportunity to come and show to everyone that you are capable of doing it. He never lost his way of showing everyone he is here to help and he is here to play and he’s been doing that every single day in training. I am sure the opportunity will come and he will be ready for it.”