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HITC speaks to Manchester United fan Daniel Owen, who's been a supporter for 13 years.

Manchester United fans celebrate their first goalManchester United fans celebrate their first goal

Q: What have you made of your team’s start to the season?

A: Very poor. Considering the money that was spent on the signings this summer, results and performances should be so much better.

Q: What are your opinions on your manager?

A: He was intended to be a quick fix, but that's doubtful now. His approach is outdated and his famous man management skills haven’t been evident since his Inter days.

Manchester United manager Jose MourinhoManchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Q: What are your views on the board ?

A: Woodward is growing into the role, delivering top class, albeit underperforming players, that suit Manchester United’s profile. He also revolutionised the club’s marketing and embraced social media, an essential in today’s game.

Q: Who is your favourite current player?

A: Ander Herrera. In a team filled with players who don’t seem to care at times, Herrera always delivers 100%

Manchester United's Ander Herrera in action with Liverpool's Adam LallanaManchester United's Ander Herrera in action with Liverpool's Adam Lallana

Q: Who is your favourite ever player?

A: John O’Shea. Proof that hard-work can compensate for a lack of quality. A last minute winner at Anfield also helps.

Q: What has been your best memory of the club ?

A: Winning the Champions League in 2008. The pinnacle of every football supporter. The memories still bring goosebumps.

Q: What has been your most disappointing moment ?

A: Losing the FA Cup Final in 2007 against Chelsea. Dominated the game only to lose to a 121st minute strike. And it just had to be Drogba.

Q: What has been your most shocking moment ?

A: David Moyes bringing in his own coaching staff. If Sir Alex thought Steve Round was good enough he’d have headhunted him long ago.

Manchester United manager David Moyes (L) with coach Phil NevilleManchester United manager David Moyes (L) with coach Phil Neville

Q: Describe the best goal you ever saw at your club’s home ground

A: Rooney’s bicycle kick against Manchester City. The technique, coupled with the occasion, makes it unbeatable.

Q: Which ground is your most favourite away day?

A: Wigan. Usually an easy three points and an easy five goals.

Q: Who do you consider to be the club’s biggest rival and why?

A: Liverpool. The City rivalry still feels media-driven and filled with hyperbole. Liverpool is authentic.

Q: Who do you feel has been the club’s best and worst summer signing?

A: Best: Mkhitaryan – just a shame he’ll be flogged on the cheap next summer.

Worst: None – all have remarkable potential to be a success. They just need to prove it.

Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action with Manchester City's David SilvaManchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action with Manchester City's David Silva

Q: Who is your one player to watch out for this season?

A: Antonio Valencia. Looked reborn after a number of difficult years.

Q: Is there a particular youth player that excites you, and why?

A: Axel Tuanzebe. Even Mourinho said all it took was 10 mins to see his potential.

Q: Where do you think the club will look to strengthen in January?

A: Nowhere. Unless there are injuries, Mourinho will work with what he’s got.

Q: Finally, what are you aims for this season, and where do you think your club will finish?

A: Aims – to win the Premier League. Reality – 4th.

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