"I’ll definitely throw some samba moves if I get on the score sheet."
If you score during the derby do you already have a celebration in mind?
First and foremost, if I score on Sunday I'll thank God for driving me on in my work and for helping my team to succeed. And if I get a goal here in front of our cheering fans, I'll thank God for the opportunity he put before me. I'll definitely throw some samba moves if I get on the score sheet, though. As a Brazilian I love samba and incorporating it into my celebrations - I've got various moves of this kind! I love celebrating goals by dancing, so watch this space.
How do you hype yourself up for a big game like this one? Do you have a pre-match playlist, if so, which artist is on it?
I've got a playlist of my favourite songs ready to listen to before matches, definitely. Two of them are Racionais MC's 'A Vida É Desafio' and Hungaria Hip Hop's 'Um Pedido'. These songs really fire me up, as does chatting to my mum as mentioned and having a laugh with my baby nephew. These things are what help to motivate me before games.
Growing up and playing football in Brazil, what did you know about Manchester United?
To be honest, as I'm not from a wealthy background, we didn’t have a television at home when I was growing up. Consequently, I didn't know anything about the club! But as time went by and my football developed whilst playing with friends, I found out more about Manchester United.
My best friend Tulio is a big fan of the club and when I told him that I'd got an offer to come here and play, he was like: "Take it! They're my team!" I was so happy to hear this from a childhood friend. In being here I'm not just making my dream come true, I'm making both his dream and my family’s come true as well.
"In being here I’m not just making my dream come true, I’m making my family’s come true as well."
Several Brazilian stars have joined United over the years - Anderson, Rafael de Silva, Fred. What is it that attracts Brazilian players to the club?
I think it's their ambition to play for a big club and win things. I also think it's about helping to open doors to other Brazilians so they too can play in a big English team, like Manchester United.
Paving the way for other Brazilians who dream of becoming huge names in the future, I think that’s what it’s all about - blazing the trail for youngsters aspiring to achieve their dreams. You have to see it to believe it, and those players helped to inspire a generation of footballers in Brazil.
What’s it been like playing for and living in Manchester these last few months or so?
I'm getting used to everything. It's all new to me - the league, the weather. I'm from the seaside, a place where it’s always hot and sunny…all year round! It’s basically non-stop summer where I’m from, so I’m having to adapt to the conditions here but I’m loving life at Manchester United, despite how cold it is! I’m gradually getting used to it.
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