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"I took the great experience from United and I think it was the right time to move on. So I got the chance here and my coach trusted me and let me play. I took that chance and, for me personally, it was the right step."

- Ron-Robert Zieler, ManUtd.com (Pic courtesy of Hannover 96)

07/08/2012 00:03, Report by Adam Marshall
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Zieler relishing Cup clash

ManUtd.com caught up with former keeper Ron-Robert Zieler to discuss the Chevrolet Cup clash with Hannover on Saturday..

Will it be a special occasion for you on Saturday, lining up against United?
Of course. I’m really looking forward to playing Manchester United. I know a few people from there as well so it will be nice to see them again, even if it is only a practice game.

I guess you have a bigger game before then, on Thursday against St Patrick's Athletic..
Yes, we’re trying to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League. It is more important for us and we had a good result in the first leg. We should be fine in the second leg [after a 3-0 win in Ireland] but we have to make sure.

Nonetheless, any match against United is always one to relish..
Even though it’s a friendly, it will be a big one for us players. We’re looking forward to playing the game against United as they are one of the best teams in the world. To compete against them is a big challenge for every player but it’s a good one.

What are your memories of United after joining in 2005?
I played most of the time for the Reserves but it’s still been a good time for me and I think I learned a lot. I got a lot of experience and many memories as I was there for five years. I think I developed as a player. United gave me a chance and it was a really helpful time for me as a person and a footballer.

Sir Alex mentioned recently that an injury setback affected your chances of breaking through..
I had a few groin problems and it took me out of action for maybe four months.

It was a tough time for me at a young age but I came back and played a couple more games for the Reserves. I never played for the first team but I was on the bench for the League Cup game against Middlesbrough. I also went on loan to Northampton and it was a completely different step for me. It was a difference experience to United, where we had quality pitches and good training facilities. When I went to Northampton it was December, January and February and really cold. The pitches were frozen a lot of the time and it was a completely different experience. I think the long-term view was it was also really good to see that kind of football.

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