Manchester United defender Saidy Janko has been speaking about his hopes for the new campaign.
The teenager made a somewhat subdued move to Old Trafford last summer, sneaking in under the radar amid the hullaballoo surrounding David Moyes’ failure to sign anyone aside from Marouane Fellaini.
But following his move from FC Zurich, Janko quickly impressed and is being tipped to have a big future at the club.
Able to play at both right-back and on the wing, the Swiss-born player impressed for the under-21s last season and is looking to do even better after being named the Denzil Haroun Player of the Year last time out.
Speaking to Inside United, Janko talked about the possibility of playing as a wing-back for the club and his hopes for the future.
With Louis van Gaal adopting a 3-5-2 formation at United, Janko was asked if he could adapt to that style if required.
“Well, the under-21s are still playing the same formation and not the system with three at the back,” Janko said, “but yes, I’ve played there before in Switzerland, for both FC Zurich and the international team as well.
“Obviously it’s not that (first team) level though, so it would be different.”
While he may be young, Janko could well be the next to break through from United’s under-21 setup. He has hit the ground running since his switch 12 months ago and it should only be a matter of time before he is giving van Gaal a headache in terms of team selection.
But what are his hopes for this season under the new regime? For a start he believes there has been a change at the club.
“I can’t quite tell what it is, though,” Janko said. “But something is different.”
And regarding this season?
“I’m hopeful of being involved with the first-team if possible,” he said. “Otherwise just doing well with the reserves again and reaching the final like last year.”