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 – if anyone had told me I’d play over 350 games I wouldn’t have believed them. I’m very proud to have played so many games and hopefully there’s plenty more to come.
Finally, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is leaving the club after over 14 years here – how would you sum up his contribution and aside from the obvious what’s your favourite Ole memory?
There are so many. Apart from the Nou Camp, I’d go for his performance against Nottingham Forest when he came off the bench to score four goals. He just made it look so easy. Ole will always be an absolute legend at this club and he’s done a great job with Warren [Joyce] coaching the Reserves. He knows the game and he knows how to work with players. I’m sure he’ll do well