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 day I will feel I don’t have the quality any more, and I will say, “that’s enough”. But until then I will work hard in training and aim to play again for France.
Do our away results suggest there are no easy places to visit anymore?
[shakes his head] I always speak about my team. If someone asks me who our most difficult opponent is, I always say ‘Manchester United’. No-one ever says that another team beat United, they always say that United missed that opportunity to win. Against Sunderland you could say they played well, but I think it’s always our fault rather than the opponents' when we don't win. It’s up to us to make sure we do enough to win the game - and that goes for any team we are playing against.
What have you made of United’s start to the current campaign?
We have already dropped too many points. I don’t think we can say it’s an accident that we lost leads because it happened against Fulham, Everton, Liverpool and West Brom. We’ve given people the opportunity to criticise us, and that’s our fault. We need to recognise that. We should never concede a lot of goals or let leads slip late in games. It’s okay not to lose, but I’m a United player and I want to win trophies. We can win trophies again this year, but we need to show that and