international duty with Holland. The first time I saw it was during the warm-up before the Juventus friendly [in August] on the big screens at Old Trafford. It was special to watch it with the fans and great to hear the cheers when my save came on.
How much have you enjoyed working alongside the club’s new goalkeeping coach Eric Steele and, even with all your vast experience, can you still learn new things?
I haven’t enjoyed it that much because he’s been working me very hard! He’s very experienced and as a group I think all the goalkeepers are working really well with him. Whenever someone new comes in they bring new ideas and different views, but from my point of view it’s more about maintaining my fitness and my form - Eric’s not going to make big strides in terms of making me a better goalkeeper. That’s more important for the younger keepers who will hopefully form a long lasting relationship with him.
After a slow start to the season, United are back among the leading pack. How significant is your league placing at this stage of the season?
The most important thing to do is stay in touch. Of course, you’d prefer to start with maximum points rather than play catch-up, but we had a similar start last season and things worked out quite well! We’ve already got some tough away games out of the way and if we can get a good result at Arsenal next month and don’t drop any other cheap points then we should be fine for the second half of the season.
You’ve boosted your silverware haul since joining United. Are you confident your medal-collecting will continue?