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Manchester United fan Q&A: Mourinho deserves to be given time

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

HITC speaks to Manchester United fan Akpala Shedrach, who's been a supporter for 8 years.

Manchester United fans with a cut out trophy inside the stadium before the matchManchester United fans with a cut out trophy inside the stadium before the match

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

A: It has been a bit of a mixed bag so far. Some great performances, some poor. I believe Mourhino, if given time, will get the team clicking again though.

Q: What are your opinions on your manager?

A: Jose is a great manager with proven quality. He should be given time. His past achievements show that he can succeed at this level, and can be a kind of advantage, but sometimes I think the comparisons with the Mourinho of old are actually weighing him down.

Manchester United manager Jose MourinhoManchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Q: What are your views on the board?

A: The board are very supportive! Just look at what they have spent in recent years.

Q: Who is your favourite current player?

A: Without a doubt, Ander Herrera.

Q: Who is your favourite ever player?

A: I'll go with Edwin Van Der Sar.

Edwin Van Der Sar - FulhamEdwin Van Der Sar

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

A:Winning the Champions League in 2008 against our rivals, Chelsea.

Q: What has been your most disappointing moment?

A: Missing out on another Champions League trophy in 2009, when Barcelona put us to the sword.

Q: What has been your most shocking moment?

A: When Sir Alex Ferguson declared he was retiring.

Sir Alex Ferguson in the stands before the matchSir Alex Ferguson in the stands before the match

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

A: Wayne Rooney's acrobatic volley against our arch-rivals, Manchester City. 

Q: Which ground is your favourite away day?

A: It has to be Anfield (Liverpool FC). 

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

A: Liverpool. Our games against them are always eventful. 

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

A: In recent years, it would have to be Ander Herrera as our best signing. As for our worst signing, it would be an injustice to single out any one player in the squad, as they're almost all under-performing.

Manchester United's Ander Herrera in action with West Ham's Mark NobleManchester United's Ander Herrera in action with West Ham's Mark Noble

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

A: Juan Mata. He can be deadly when played in his natural number 10 role. 

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

A: Yes, Marcus Rashford. He's taken the Premier League by surprise and I'm baffled by how much confidence he has at such a young age.

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

A: Both wings need strengthening, as we seem to lack any real penetration down the flanks. 

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

A: I'll take a top four finish and a league cup as a successful season!

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