Pelle enjoyed watching United

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has revealed that he enjoyed watching Manchester United while growing up.

The Italian joined the Saints from Dutch club Feyenoord last month on a three-year contract for a reported transfer fee of 8million.

Pelle scored his first goal for Southampton in their 2-0 away victory over Championship side Millwall in the second round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

The former Italy Under-21 international has now revealed that it was one of his dreams to play in the Premier League, and that he loved watching 20-time English champions United.

"Since I was young, one of my dreams was to play in the Premier League and finally I got it," the 29-year-old told the Daily Echo.

"I remember watching Alan Shearer and Dennis Bergkamp playing really well and I always loved to watch Manchester United. This league is so exciting, every time it is so exciting to watch."

He added: "It's not just enough to play in the Premier League. I want to improve. I think it's the most difficult competition, especially for a striker because the defenders are really tough.

"They have great midfields in front that fight. Every ball I have to use everything and be strong up front for my teammates. But I like difficult games and the challenge because of the quality of all the teams."