happened. If I hadn’t have been sent off we almost certainly would have won the match and my life would be much easier now. It would have taken a lot of weight off my
shoulders. Now I feel like I have to prove myself all over again and show everybody I’m capable of being a Manchester United player.
Surely United fans know you're a very capable player…
I know, I know, but deep down I need to prove to the supporters – and, more importantly, to myself – that I can play for this great club. It’s made me very determined to succeed this season.
How tough do you expect it to be in Turkey?
I didn’t play in Besiktas last season but my brother Fabio did. He told me the fans over there are mad – they scream and shout throughout the whole 90 minutes. In those sorts of atmospheres you’d usually say a draw wouldn’t be a bad result but here at United we always go out to win.
Your often lauded for your attacking attributes. Do you feel your defensive qualities go unnoticed?
No, I don’t think so. If I’m needed to attack then I’ll get forward, but if I’m needed to do a job in defence then I’ll get back. In the past I probably pushed up a lot more than I do now. However, I’ve learned a lot playing here in England and I know you can’t always do that. I’m defending a lot more nowadays than I used to. When I go out on the pitch I feel like a defender – my job is to stop the other team scoring.