United wonderkid: I loved Drogba, Henry and used to be an Arsenal fan!

One of Manchester United's next potential first team graduates hails former Chelsea star as an influence.

Swiss teenager Saidy Janko, who Manchester United acquired last September for a fee said to be around £700,000, has not taken long to impress the elder Old Trafford statesmen as Paul Scholes, for instance, has already touted him as a prospect hopefully set to break into David Moyes' senior selection at Stretford.

The third of the current manager's acquisitions, Janko followed Marouane Fellaini and Guillermo Varela as summer signings but, if he surpasses Scholes' expectations, could end up making a bigger impact than the other two combined.

After successfully completing a trial period at United's AON Training Complex, Janko exited FC Zurich and began performing for United in the U21 Premier League and the UEFA Youth League, however, he did not grow up fantasising about strutting his stuff at the Theatre of Dreams but, rather, the Emirates Stadium as he was a Gunners fan as a child.

'I knew all about United because I followed the Premier League and everything around it – but I confess I used to be an Arsenal fan!' he is quoted to have said by Inside United.

Janko, a right back by trade who can also play on the right side of midfield due to his pace, also loved watching Premier League greats such as Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba, even if he did know he wouldn't end up playing as a striker himself.

'I always enjoyed watching Henry and also Drogba at Chelsea. However, I didn’t really want to play up front myself. I knew I was not that type of player with those finishing skills.'

All United fans will hope is that Janko ends up the finished product.

image: © Crystian Cruz

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