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.
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