Gignac's United desire
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Pierre-Andre Gignac dreams of replacing Ruud van Nistelrooy at Manchester United.
Rising French star Pierre-Andre Gignac admits he dreams of being the long-term replacement for Ruud van Nistelrooy at Manchester United.
The Red Devils sold the prolific Dutchman to Real Madrid in the summer and opted against signing a successor to van Nistelrooy.
Gignac is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of France's best players and the Lorient striker outlined his vision for the future.
"I won't tell you that I try to copy him, but I am a huge fan of the great Ruud van Nistelrooy," Gignac told skysports.com.
"I appreciated this player a lot. My dream is to be just like him.
"France and England are the places where I want to play football.
"In The Premiership, they score so many goals, they play so quickly, with envy, it is a real show.
"Replacing the great Ruud at Manchester United would be the bomb. Yes, wearing the number 10 at Old Trafford..."
The 20-year-old has already received glowing praise from Raymond Domenech and Gignac was heartened by the France national team coach's comments.
He added: "When Raymond Domenech declared I was a potential French international, I was really honoured.
"There is nothing negative in it, I don't suffer any more pressure. On the contrary, it incites me to work more and to try to be the best.
"I feel boosted, but I stay lucid. I know I still have a lot of work to do in order to become an international.
"First, I have to fight to be part of my club's starting line-up and then, if Raymond Domenech calls me, it would be a bonus.
"When my coach (Christian Gourcuff) told me about Domenech's compliments, I was so surprised. Then my friends and family have called me to confirm it."
Gignac has scored three times in eight appearances for Lorient this season and he is relishing being able to learn from more experienced team-mates Steve Marlet and Fabrice Fiorese.
"It is so good to train with aces like them," continued Gignac. "Playing with them daily is a fantastic opportunity to shine.
"With Steve, we have played a couple of matches together and we are starting to find a real co-ordination.
"I am sure the future will be great for our partnership."