UTD Unscripted: Think like a winner
I’ve never, ever been a good loser.
Having been here at United for six months now, I’ve seen enough to say that I think we're on the right path to success. Quality-wise, all the players are high quality. Whoever comes into the side maintains high standards. Whoever comes in to replace another player or whoever is playing, the high standard is maintained which is really important. I believe we have a really good group, and you get a feel of this competitiveness as when we lose or draw everyone's really upset in the dressing room, it's noticeable amongst the players. I’m not the only bad loser here! I think this frustration when we don't win a game is a sign that we are on the right path as there are only winning players here, I'm sure we will definitely win trophies here.
I think the most successful player is the one who wins a trophy and the next day is working towards winning another one. I think this is the great thing about football, that you always have another opportunity to win something even greater the next day. If you lose a game, you can work the following day to win your next game. There are a lot of opportunities in football and the good thing about the game is that every day there's something new: a new game for you to win, to achieve more and be remembered and make history at the club. I think this is the most important thing, being remembered fondly at your clubs for the things you've won.
When I win something, I firstly thank God for granting me the health to be able to play football. From there, we all win, not just one person, and everyone has their own inspiration. I have my family, the people around me who have supported me right from the start through the most difficult moments, so it's during these joyful moments that we think of them. The true friends that we have, those who support us, as I said before, when one player lifts the trophy it's the work of the whole team, not just the players but the coaching staff as well, everybody wins.
Of course, so do the supporters.
I love playing for the supporters. I'm someone who is full of heart, not just in sport but in life. I'm very passionate about things and when I'm into something, I really get into it. When I'm at a football club, I really feel the club and when I see a fan in the stadium celebrating a goal I feel the same emotions as them. When I score… well, first of all I'm a left-back, and left-backs don't usually score that many goals, in fact defenders don't score that often. So, when we get forward and score a goal it's a different type of joy, we are ecstatic. When I score a goal I want to celebrate together with the fans and hear the noise in the stadium… that moment is just epic. It really comes from the heart and I'm always ecstatic when this happens.
So it has been really strange playing in empty stadiums and, honestly, it's not easy. Obviously, a stadium full of our supporters gives you additional motivation. You're filled with motivation when you go onto the pitch to warm up and you hear the noise of the entire stadium. We really miss it, we can't wait for the stadiums to fill up again. It's also good when we play away, it's good to hear the boos and whistles as this also motivates you in a different way. We know that it's part of the footballing spectacle and we hope that they'll be back soon. I think the only thing that football is lacking right now is the fans. It's everything about the noise: it's when you score a goal or even when you don't score but come close, and there's that 'almost' sensation in the air. When you're tired, the shouting fans drive you on and give you additional motivation. You play for yourself and the team but you also play for the fans.
Sadly I haven’t had the chance to play in front of United fans yet, but I've only heard great things and I've looked through supporters’ videos on YouTube. Sometimes, when I see the videos on social media from games in a full Old Trafford it really motivates me. It moves me to want to play in front of a full Old Trafford crowd. I can't wait for this to happen but we know that for this to happen people need to be conscientious today so we can be together again further down the line.
Then, when we are finally all together, we will focus on winning together.