Young Manchester United winger who earned Scholes’ praise wins best player award

by Tracey Germaine

Saidy Janko was named Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year after an impressive debut season at Manchester United.

The shortlist for the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year was made up of captain Reece James, the versatile Charni Ekangamene and new-boy Saidy Janko.

Since joining United last summer from FC Zurich, Janko has adapted well to the English game. He has made 16 appearances for the Under-21s this season as well as five appearances at Under-18 level, including three appearances in the FA Youth Cup. He also played a part in the foray into European football in the Under-19 UEFA Youth League.

He can play anywhere along the right flank but has predominantly featured on the right wing. His pace and power have seen him likened by many to Antonio Valencia because he uses his strength to take on defenders, with a fearless quality which has seen fans take to him quickly.

Like Rafael, he has a natural attacking game from the right-back spot. Whenever he can join in the attack, he bombs forward and his positioning is well disciplined.

He was singled out for special praise from Paul Scholes earlier in the season: “Saidy has been fantastic since he came in and looks a bright prospect for the future,” Scholes told Inside United.

“Hopefully he’s on his way to the first team.”

It’s a lovely accolade for the Swiss youth international to win in his first season. Hopefully he can continue his good form into next season and maybe bag a few more goals like this one.

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