WATCH out Van Nistelrooy! An eight-year-old Manchester United fan is fast dribbling his way to playing for his dream team much to the despair of his "Blue" dad.
WATCH out Van Nistelrooy!
An eight-year-old Manchester United fan is fast dribbling his way to playing for his dream team much to the despair of his "Blue" dad.
Footie-mad Adam Siddall, who lives on the Bird Estate in Poynton, watched with glee when his sporting heroes thrashed dad Nick's team 4-2 in the derby at the weekend.
And now that the Lostock Primary schoolboy has been head-hunted to play for Stockport County's under-9s next season it is looking ever more likely he will be striding out onto the Old Trafford pitch.
Mini-midfielder Adam said: "I just really enjoy playing. I want to be a footballer when I grow up and play for Manchester United."
The weaving wonder from Poynton has been kicking a ball ever since he was big enough. When he was just five-years-old he was talent-spotted by scouts to play for South Manchester mini soccer school, in Stockport.
Then two years later he was picked up by Stockport County's Centre of Excellence where he has been training two times a week for the last couple of years.
Mick Wiblin, the centre's manager, has been watching Adam's progress. He is keen to see that he achieves his best but as with all the youngsters he is determined that he is not pressured to perform.
"We bring them in when they are under-8s and have a look at them. I then sit down with the two coaches and we identify who we think we could hang our jacket on."
"At eight years of age it is all about not putting any pressure on them. We give them a little technical information, but really it is just about them enjoying it."
"At that age we want to develop their loyalties as one day it is very likely they could be playing for the reserve team or even the first team."
"Many of our key players today once came from the centre of excellence. All we tell our youngest at this stage is to enjoy it and have a smile on their face."
Despite Adam's weaving wizardry - he can also be spotted playing for the Poynton Junior Football Club's u-9s each Saturday - it is a mystery where he gets his genius from.
Dad Nick once played for Macclesfield Rugby Club while two of his uncles play football for fun in a weekend league.
"We are really proud," said Adam's mum Joanne, 31. "He has worked really hard. He loves it. He is very happy."
Now all eyes are on Adam's five-year-old sister Danielle... could she be football's answer to Serena Williams?