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A group of e-reporters from Wright Robinson school in Manchester were given the chance to put Ashley Young through a question and answer session.


Here’s how the interview went with the Manchester United winger:

What advice would you give a young footballer?
It is dedication and hard work that will get you the results, but my biggest advice is to always go out and enjoy playing your football with a smile on your face.

Who is the best player you have played alongside?
Paul Scholes without a doubt. I called him the ‘magician’. When I first signed for United it was the season that Scholes announced his retirement and I was so disappointed with the news. You can imagine how delighted I was when he decided to come out of retirement. It is not just the experience of playing in the same team as him, but it was getting to train with him every day. When you get the likes of Zidane and Iniesta saying he’s the best midfielder in the world and they would have loved to been able to play alongside him, I am lucky enough I got that chance.

What other sports do you like playing?
When you’re playing professional football, you are restricted to what other sports you can play to protect you from injury. I make up for it by enjoying watching sports on TV as much as possible like boxing, cricket and golf. I was very sporty at school. I think it’s important for kids that they get to experience as many sports as possible.

What was your first car?
It was a green Fiesta which I nicknamed the Green Machine. I loved it and I have since tried to buy it back.

What team did you support as a boy?
I supported Manchester United, but started off supporting Arsenal. I come from down south, my family supported Arsenal and I went to their games with my Dad. As you grow up you look out for a team you like and it was United for me as I got older.

What was the best goal you scored?
Off the top of my head, the two goals I scored against Arsenal in my debut season playing for Manchester United. There were a lot of my family in the crowd and it was an amazing feeling to get my first goals for United.

Who was your hero when you were younger?
I started off playing as a striker and I loved watching Ian Wright play whenever I watched Arsenal with my Dad. I loved his style as a striker and I would watch DVDs of him playing over and over again.

Who do you think is the greatest player?
There have been so many greats, including Pele, Zindane, Ronaldo and Scholes. I will sit on the fence and say all of these players.

What was your favourite subject at school?
My favourite subject was of course PE, but I also liked science and enjoyed all the experiments.

What routines do you have before a game?
I get a massage before the game and then listen to music to help relax. I always put my kit on starting from the left side and I don’t know why I do it. It is now part of my routine and I guess it is a superstition.