How difficult an experience was the World Cup for you?
It was a nightmare. We had a bad tournament, but now it’s finished. We need to start to forget everything. It’s not easy, but we need to focus on the future. I’m focused on United, and when I have the opportunity to be selected for France again I hope the manager [former Reds defender Laurent Blanc] will select me and I will continue to do my job, 100 per cent.
How did it feel to come back to United after the events in South Africa?
It was a relief. People may say I’m crazy, but even on holiday after the World Cup I was in the gym, working hard. I didn’t do anything in pre-season with United this year, but then played 90 minutes against Newcastle in our first league game. During my holiday I was focused on getting ready for United. I had one week of rest and then for four weeks I was working hard in the gym to get fit and prepared.
So that’s a line drawn under the whole matter, from your point of view?
Yeah. I want to play to the highest level. That’s being at the top with your club and playing for your national team. Maybe one