There were lots of obstacles and it can be easy to let that get you down if you aren’t mentally strong. I’ve progressed a lot in that sense. Now I approach disappointments with a much more positive attitude. The game against West Ham is a good example. Before coming to Manchester I might have let that really get to me, but now I am just focused on my next game.
Has Patrice Evra been a big influence on you?
He has been absolutely key in my adaptation to life in England and at Manchester United. He is like a big brother to me. He is always around if I have a problem – I just have to call him – or if it’s on the pitch I can speak to him. We talk all the time. As well as the coaches and the manager, he’s the most important person to me at the club. He always gives advice after games, he is objective and if I’ve not played well he’ll tell me straight, which helps in aspects of my game that I need to improve. Even if I had a problem with something in life in general, he’s always willing to help. That’s important for a young player.
You’re one of a number of young players at the club, is there are a lot of camaraderie and togetherness with the young players?
We all get on very well. I’m good friends with [Danny] Welbeck, [Tom] Cleverley and the twins. I think it’s because we all know why we are here and we want to work in the same direction. We’ve all got the same aim: to get into the team.
Do you feel part of a new generation of young players emerging at United?
Definitely. I think so. There are a lot of talented young players here with very good qualities. We just need a bit more time and a bit more experience, it’s just a matter of getting minutes on the pitch.