Saidy Janko has admitted that his confidence has been given a boost after Paul Scholes’ singled him out as a player who has the potential to make it into Manchester United’s first team.
The 18-year-old joined United in the summer and has settled down immediately at all levels from Under-18s to Under-21s, where he has impressed with his sheer strength and pace.
A naturally powerful winger, Janko’s style of play is akin to Antonio Valencia with the added bonus that he can confidently dribble and his strength makes it almost impossible to stop him in full flight, all of which have led Scholes to believe he has what it takes to become a first team player in the future.
“If a legend like Paul Scholes says something like that about you then you become very proud,” he told Inside United.
“It is not like you have made it at all, but it does gives your confidence a boost.”
Interestingly enough, Janko hasn’t always been a powerful, aggressive player and it goes some way as to explain why he is confident running with the ball at his feet.
He added: No. I was usually one of the smallest players in the team and the thinnest as well. I only started to grow when I was about 15 or 16. It just happened quickly.
“When I was small I had speed but, after around under-13 level, I lost it a little for a couple of years or so. I was still small and had to be clever with it. Once I started to grow I became a bit quicker again and everything came together.”
From his short playing time at United so far, you can see why we were so keen to bring him to Old Trafford and the exciting part is that he is only 18, so is far from the polished product yet. With some fine tuning, Janko could turn into a fine player for United.
For the full interview, visit the official website here.