21/08/2012 15:15, Report by Adam Marshall
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Ryan's breakthrough aims

gone, it does open it up for me in a way but obviously I was close to them. We were midfield partners and good friends. I was sad to see Paul go and I do think he was a great player and could have made it here as well. But another door opens and it goes both ways.

Being a local lad, did it hurt you more than most to lose the league to City?
To be fair, I was gutted. I didn’t leave the house for about a week. I have been a United fan ever since I started watching football and it does mean a lot to me – as you can see when I play as I give everything. It was a bad way to lose the league as well.

At Carrington, you can almost sense the determination to win the title back..
When we came back, it’s been about that. The gaffer has managed to stop Liverpool, then Chelsea and then Arsenal so it’s nothing new to him. I think he’s more determined than ever as well because they are closer rivals and we want to put an end to them winning titles and not let them build a bit of momentum.

There are players we haven’t even touched on who have a chance of breaking through. The boss will be well aware of the overall strength of the squad won’t he?
Personally, I would say he’s the best manager who has ever managed. He overhauled Liverpool and then Chelsea, when they had all that money, and Arsenal had a spell as well. It’s always United and someone else so he does know exactly what he’s doing. He doesn’t need to go spending money because he knows he’s got some great players in the Reserves.

Certainly, the second-string team could not have done any more last season..
Exactly. He knows he’s got the best Reserves team in the country and that bodes well for the club.

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