With the retirement of Paul Scholes, did you feel that this was going to be a big season for you?
I think it’s a big season for everyone, not just me. Some players have left the club and others have come in, but we are still focused on being successful. We want to win the title again and get to another Champions League final – and win it this time. For me, I don’t just want to make an impact at the start of the season. I want to make an impact for the whole season – that is my aim.
Do you think you can take on the role that Scholesy played here?
All of our midfielders feel extra responsibility now because Scholesy was a fantastic player. I learnt a lot from him. He was amazing to play with. It’s hard to achieve what Scholes did, but my aim is to follow what he did for the team. I have grown up a lot since I joined the club and things have gone well so far this season, but I still don’t feel like I’m first choice. I know I have to work hard every single day for my place in the team because there are so many quality players in my position… Fletch, Carrick, Cleverley, Giggs, Gibbo... I know that I have to keep improving in training so I’m ready for each game.
Before he got injured, your partnership with Tom Cleverley seemed to be thriving…
Tom is an amazing player who has great quality. Sometimes players go out on loan and it doesn’t work out, but Tom has learnt so much from the experience and come back strong. All the midfielders bring something different to the team – it’s great for the boss to have so many combinations.
Have you enjoyed the influx of young players this season?
It’s been good for everyone – not just the younger players themselves, but the experienced guys as well. The fantastic thing about this squad is the understanding between everyone, and the fact