Josh King’s message to youngsters who do not make it at Manchester United, on scoring against former club and
Josh King believes it is not the end of the world for youngsters who do not make it at Manchester United. Sometimes you need to take a step down to make your way to the top.
King was at Old Trafford from the age of 16 until he was 21 when he left for Blackburn in search of first team football.
He made just two appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson before moving to the Championship to further his career.
The 27-year-old joined Bournemouth in 2015, when they had just been promoted to the Premier League, and has not looked back since then.
Josh King, speaking at the London launch of Need for Speed Heat, told talkSPORT.com: “I think it’s very different now at United. I think Ole has given a lot of the young players an opportunity.
“Sir Alex gave opportunities to players as well but when I was at United when I was young they were probably in the top two teams in the world with Barcelona. It’s a bit different as they’ve had a step back but I have a great belief United will be as good as they were before but things take time.
“Even Barcelona were the best team five or six years ago and now they are going through a spell. It happens to every team.
“But I wouldn’t say to any of the youngsters at United to look at me. But if you don’t make it at United it doesn’t mean you won’t make it as a footballer if you work hard.
“If you are at United it is because you are a talent already and they believe in you. They wouldn’t have players they don’t believe in. If you don’t make it at United it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. You have to take a step back to take two forward again like I did.
“I took a step back to Blackburn as I wasn’t really playing much and then got a chance at Bournemouth and took it with both hands and got coached by a great, great manager in Eddie (Howe).”
He said: “It is special to score against any big team but being at United for so many years, and you know a few of the players and the manager, it means a bit more. I did enjoy that one but you forget about it now and do the same again against Newcastle.”
King has scored three goals already this season and is fast approaching 50 Premier League goals with Bournemouth, sitting on 45 right now.
And the Norway international believes there is still more to come as he enters his best years as a player.
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“You would say that a striker at 28-31 is at their peak. You would say I am getting to my peak and I want to improve every season,” he said.
“I am a striker. Sometimes you play out of position because the manager asks you and that’s the sacrifice you make as you are a team player.
“I still think I have more to give and I’m training every week to improve. I have good staff around me to help me do that and good team-mates.”
The 27-year-old also credits Eddie Howe for getting the best out of him as a player and he is always on hand for extra coaching if he needs it.
He said: “He’s a manager but he’s coach. He loves to coach. There’s certain players who have got a talent but aren’t being coached right. That’s what Eddie is good at he gets the most and best out of players he has got.
“First of all you have to want it yourself. He can tell you to do extra and this and that but it has to be from yourself. He’s there if you want to do extra on your day off. He’s there with you and the other staff. Sometimes when I’ve done extra on my day off I will have four staff members training just me.
“That’s the kind of coach he is. He’s been good to everyone. At Bournemouth, he’s been a crucial part in why it has been going well but us players need some credit too as we are out there running.”
Bournemouth deserve huge credit for what they have achieved so far as a Premier League club, establishing themselves in the top flight.
Their win against United put them up to seventh in the table ahead of their trip to Newcastle on Saturday.
King was cautious in getting too far ahead of themselves at this point in the season.
He added: “It’s too early to say. Last season after the first 10 games we started talking about the Europa League and then I think in November and December we went through a spell where we didn’t win for ages.
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“This year we know we have to take it game by game and focus on ourselves. We are not in charge of what other teams do and we are just trying to improve every week, score goals and keep a clean sheet.
“At the end of the season we will know where we are at but we don’t want to put too much energy on what’s in the future and just focus on next week.”