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Arsenal fan wasn't expecting Manchester United move

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Manchester United starlet Saidy Janko admits his move from FC Zurich came as a surprise last September - and that he used to be an Arsenal fan.

The 18-year-old defender has been earning rave reviews in the youth setup at Old Trafford, with club legend Paul Scholes touting the right-back as a bright prospect for the future.

However, his switch to Old Trafford on deadline day in September came out of the blue, despite a relatively successful trial with the Red Devils.

"No. I didn’t know (it was going to happen) because, after my trial, Manchester United said they would send an offer to FC Zurich but I was obviously never involved in that part of it. So I had to wait until the last week before it was confirmed," he told Inside United.

"The first few days (of the trial) for me were difficult, as everything was new and Manchester United are a big club. But, after the first two training sessions, I managed to get to the same level and became used to it."

Janko first came to attention after impressing at the Blue Stars tournament last year - when Old Trafford starlet Adnan Januzaj won the 'Player of the Tournament' award.

But, despite impressing for his Swiss side, he wasn't expecting a big transfer to come his way.

"A lot of people came up to me and said I’d played well but I never expected something like that happening. I’d never heard anything about Manchester United being interested or impressed with me," he added.

"Of course, I knew all about the club because I followed the Premier League and everything around it – even if I confess I used to be an Arsenal fan!"

If he goes on to impress for David Moyes in the future, then his previous allegiance to their Premier League rivals will be of little consequence.

However, he also admits that Gunners legend Thierry Henry was one of his favourite players growing up - even though he didn't want to be a striker.

"I always enjoyed watching Henry and also Didier Drogba at Chelsea. However, I didn’t really want to play up front myself. I knew I was not that type of player with those finishing skills," Janko concluded.

Henry spent eight-years with Arsenal after signing in 1999, and also returned to the Emirates Stadium in 2010 on loan for manager Arsene Wenger.

Whilst the Frenchman is currently at the end of his career in the MLS, Janko is at the very beginning with Manchester United.

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