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.
Since moving to Hannover, you must be delighted with your progress..
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. I’ve played about 50 games for Hannover in the Bundesliga and also in the Europa League.
What did you learn from your place in Germany’s Euro 2012 squad?
I got into the squad and, at my age, to be in the European squad when I’m still a young goalkeeper was great. It’s really good for me to get the chance to play for Germany, even though everyone knows we’ve got a very good goalkeeper in Manuel Neuer.
What is your opinion on United’s keepers David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard?
To be honest, I’ve not been following them too much. I only read a few things here and there. I assume they are both good goalkeepers, otherwise they wouldn’t be at Manchester United. I look forward to seeing who will play over here.
Are there any particular players you’re looking forward to facing?
Of course, I only trained against them a lot of times so I’m really looking forward to actually competing with them. I can’t really name any particular player but it’ll be good to see them and, particularly my old goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.
You’re not the only former Red at Hannover. How is Mame Biram Diouf doing?
Unfortunately, he’s injured at the moment. When he played in his first few games for our club, he was brilliant and scored a lot of goals for us. He’s a good player but he got injured and has now been out for a couple of months. When we get him back, he should be one of our big players.