Who were your mentors in the Academy, how did they help support you?
“The staff were so important to me when I came to the club from Holland [in 2012, from PSV Eindhoven], they helped me a lot. They made me feel comfortable and told me what I needed to do. Sometimes it’s tough when you come to a new place with a new culture, but you have to keep your head down, work hard and listen to the people here because they know best. You just have to keep learning every day.”
Looking back, what was your favourite moment in the Academy?
“I’d say the first game I played with the Reserves, I think it was Leicester City away. I started on the right wing and Warren Joyce told me that I had to keep running in the game… when he said that, I had it in my head that I really couldn’t stop running so I ran everywhere! That’s what he wanted me to do. It was a mental test for me and it got me prepared for the next level.”
What three words do you think of when you think of the Manchester United Academy?
“It’s more than three but I’d say: tough, work hard and be happy.”
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