Man Utd and England defender Luke Shaw and Man Utd midfielder Andreas Pereira made a surprise appearance at Ashton on Mersey School for a recent Tie of the Round fixture, showing their support of the PlayStation Schools’ Cup and grassroots football.
A lucky group of students were selected to ask the Man Utd players questions. Here’s a recap of the questions asked, with answers from Luke Shaw (LS) and Andreas Pereira (AP):
Which player inspired you to follow a career in football?
LS – Ashley Cole
What does it take to become a professional footballer?
AP – You have to work really hard and listen to your coaches to allow yourself to improve.
LS – One of the main things for me is to have fun and really enjoy what you do.
If you were to give one piece of advice to an aspiring footballer what would it be?
LS – You’ve got to enjoy it and that’s one of the main things for me. You’ve got to love what you do and of course work hard but the main thing for me is to enjoy it.
If you weren’t a footballer what would you do as a career?
AP – That’s a hard one, maybe a bus driver or something!
Who is the most difficult player you have ever played against?
LS – I’d probably say Gareth Bale, everyone sees what he’s all about. I think I only played 15 minutes against him but it was the last 15 minutes and he’s still going and at his best.
What subjects did you enjoy at school?
AP – PE!
What was your best and most important goal?
LS – I haven’t scored many yet but as a youngster when I was in the youth team I scored against Chelsea and that’s the one I most fondly look back on and remember.
Are you good at any other sports other than football?
AP – I’m pretty good at basketball but I’m a bit too short!
What fixture do you look forward to the most?
LS – I think Chelsea. I supported Chelsea when I was younger and I always look forward to going up against them in games like that so I’d say Chelsea.
What is a typical week like for you as a footballer?
LS – We train every day, we sometimes get the odd day off in the week but you normally do morning sessions and sometimes we double sessions but the main thing for us is to get in there early, get the training done and have the afternoon off to rest and let your body recover.
What has been your most memorable game for Manchester United and why?
LS – My debut against West Ham, it’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
When you are not playing football what do you like to do to relax?
LS – I go home and chill with my mates and obviously go on the PS4! I love to play on FIFA and things like that.
Before a game, how do you prepare?
AP – I like to listen to music and just visualise things before the game like playing a great pass or scoring a goal.
Who is the funniest person in the dressing room?
AP – Youngy? (Ashley Young)
LS – Yeah there’s a few to be fair but I’ve got to say Ashley Young.
Which teams do you think will finish in the top 4 in the Premier League this season?
LS – Chelsea, United, Arsenal and City for me.
Do you have any rituals before a match?
LS – Nothing really, like Andreas said we just listen to music, relax and focus on the game.
What music do you listen to before a match?
LS – We all play sort of the same music, it varies but it’s normally some house music or a bit of Drake or something like that.