Exclusive: Get to know Nathan Bishop
Introducing our new goalkeeper Nathan Bishop, who has enjoyed a whirlwind few weeks after joining from Southend...
Firstly Nathan, how much have you enjoyed being a Manchester United player so far? What have the last couple of weeks or so been like for you? "Yeah, it’s been crazy. It has gone really fast as well to be fair. It’s been unreal being around the boys and meeting new people and new surroundings. It’s all so exciting. The boys have been incredible. They’re all top lads as well which has been brilliant." You said it was a dream come true to join United – were you a Red growing up? How much have you always admired the club? "I think you have to. They’ve won 13 Premier League titles, they’re a massive club and they have a great name for producing young players and they trust young players as well which is fantastic and to learn from the likes of David and Sergio I think is an opportunity you can’t ever turn down." What were your first impressions of the club when you joined? Mention coming to ATC for first time, meeting Ole, meeting Rich, Wolves game etc. "It’s so overwhelming. The training ground alone is just incredible. It takes your breath away. There’s so much to learn, so many people to meet which is incredible. Meeting the gaffer as well. The gaffer has been incredible with me as well which is lovely and really sets the tone for a positive environment." What’s he said to you? We’ve seen you guys having a few chats. What’s Ole said to you? "He just said come here, enjoy it and work as hard as you can and give everything you’ve got and be positive and just have a smile on your face. Make sure you’re happy and don’t ever worry about anything that goes wrong, be positive and look forward." What advice have Rich and Craig given you so far as you settle into life as a Red? You knew Rich before, didn’t you? "Yeah, I met Rich at an under-17 England camp which was nice, coming in the building, knowing him, but yeah, it’s always good to catch up. Craig has been brilliant showing me all the different techniques, different things. Him and Rich work hard for us as a group of keepers and they’ve been brilliant for me." Have you already seen a step up in the training we do here, everything about the place from the work you’ve done with them? "Yeah, definitely. The intensity of training is crazy. I’ve never had my body ache after a session before, but yeah my body aches in places I didn’t know it would which is nice. You feel it is a step up and the lads are incredible. They’re so fast, they’re on it, their mentality is win, win, win, which is incredible to be around. It breeds an environment which is nice." What’s it like to be working with two goalkeepers of the quality of David and Sergio? "It’s incredible. Serg, you can learn so much from him. David is one of the best in the world, so it’s just an honour to be around him. To learn off everything he does, every little thing, every aspect, his attitude, everything is just fantastic and Sergio as well, he’s just so positive. He’s open to teaching, coaching, helping me as well which is so nice."