Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan ready to live the United dream

24 December 2010 12:00
Asamoah Gyan will not forget 2010 in a hurry. The leading light in an African World Cup adventure, the BBC's African player of the year and a Sunderland record move to fulfil his ambition of playing in the Premier League.

And he is about to top it all with the visit to the stadium of his dreams on Sunday. Growing up in Ghana, Gyan supported Manchester United and the visit to Old Trafford will be his first.

Dream trip: Gyan is eagerly awaiting his first visit to Old Trafford this weekend

'I've been waiting for this for a very long time,' he said. 'My dad supported them and he was a defender so his favourite player was Gary Pallister.

'My hero was Eric Cantona. He was a great player but he had personality and everything.

'Everybody will be watching and my father will want me to win, even though he's a Man U fan. And he will expect me to score.'

Missing out: Gyan watches on as Samuel Eto'o holds his 2010 African Footballer of the Year award

Gyan chartered a jet this week to fly to Egypt for the African Footballer of the Year award ceremony, only to lose out to Samuel Eto'o.

'I had to be there,' he said. 'The airports were shut because of the snow but I was in Manchester and managed to get out. It was really important for me.

'I was really proud. Although I didn't win I was the people's choice in the BBC award. When the people are behind you it's fine.'

Gyan is unsurprisingly popular at the Stadium of Light too, his flair and goals delighting fans.

'I've won the hearts of the fans and that's important,' he said. 'When the fans are behind you, you have confidence to do anything. I think the coach is quite impressed with my performances.

'It was much harder than I thought at the start. I came here, I would say, 30 per cent fit but I scored on my debut. I'm getting better, I'm fit to play 90 minutes.'

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