After a frustrating start to the season on a personal front, you must be pleased to be back involved again?
Definitely, it’s been great to be back playing some games and I’m really enjoying things at the moment. I’m just focused on training hard and doing my best for the team, and hopefully I’ll have more opportunities in the coming months.
When you’ve been out of the side and you get back in, what’s the key to staying there?
You’ve just got to be focused on doing your job and giving everything for the cause. I’m not getting any younger now and every game I do play I just try to enjoy and do my best for the team in. That’s the most important thing for me.
You’re one of the squad’s most experienced performers but are there still aspects of your game that you’re making efforts to improve?
Yes definitely. Staying focused is the most important thing when it comes to defending and we do a lot of repetitive drills in training to help you do that. We do a lot of wave games where we basically attack and defend over and over again. It helps drill into your head what you need to do in one-on-one situations and covering situations.
One of United’s most consistent performers this season has been skipper Nemanja Vidic - what kind of captain is he?
Vida is a top man and you can tell he’s really enjoying the responsibility that comes with the armband. He’s playing well and that’s what you need from your captain. He sets the example and is maybe the best defender in the world at the moment. He’s certainly the best header of a ball I’ve ever seen. You need someone like Vida in your defence and, alongside Rio, they make the perfect combination.
You recently made your 350th appearance for the club – what are your stand-out memories from your time here?
I’d say my first game [against Leeds in May 1998], the Champions League final in ’99, my first goal against Juventus and Moscow [in 2008]. I still remember when I first came to train at The Cliff as a kid