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Berahino: It's still sinking in

Youngster insists he will remain focussed

SAIDO Berahino admits it may take some time for his goal in today’s 2-1 victory at the Theatre of Dreams to sink in.

The 20-year-old Academy product, who came off the bench as an early replacement for Scott Sinclair, netted a 67th-minute wonder strike to help Albion earn their first win at Old Trafford in almost 35 years.

And the England Under-21 international thanked head coach Steve Clarke for backing him to make an impact against the Barclays Premier League champions. 

“It was a brilliant day and a brilliant team performance,” said Berahino.

“To score at Old Trafford is great, too.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet.

“I think it might take a while for me to truly appreciate what has happened.

“But I’m sure scoring at Manchester United will rank very highly in my career.

“Old Trafford is probably the toughest place to win in football.

“I think we deserved the win and we created a lot of chances.

“The gaffer told us to go out there and play our football.

“He told us not to be afraid and he made it clear he thought we could win.

“I’d like to thank God, my family, the gaffer and the club for showing so much faith in me."

The Burundi-born youngster, who now has five goals to his name this term, insists he will remain focussed on developing as a player. 

“Hopefully, now I will have more moments like that,” added Berahino.

“I’ve always wanted to be a footballer and now I need to keep my head down.

“I’m going to stay focussed and push on.

“I have a big season ahead of me and it’s important I keep working hard.

“I need to keep my feet on the ground.

“We have another big game coming up next Sunday and my preparation for that starts right now.”