your job. It’s what you’re paid to do. Each contract that the club give out reflects how valuable you are to the team. To be someone who plays week in, week out is exactly what I’ve wanted to be. If the club come to you and want you to sign a new contract, so be it. For me, there’s no better feeling than when you’re playing football and winning games. No matter what club you’re at, that’s the way it is. The happiness that playing well and being successful brings, even just in your personal life, is incredible. Everything in life just seems to flow better when you’re in the team and doing well.
United’s defensive options look far better now and that increases competition for places. Is that something you welcome?
Yes. Even at the start of the season there were occasions when myself and Rio were playing most of the games when we had a lot of injuries. It’s good to have the other lads back. It’s not only competition for places, it’s more that there are so many games. It’s almost impossible to play every single game. You’d end up forcing injuries upon yourself by placing those demands on your body. It would take the sharpness out of your game too. The manager is good at taking care of that, but with some of the defenders being injured he hasn’t been able to do it that much. We definitely see it as a benefit having everyone back fit. It strengthens the squad and provides competition so that everyone is playing at the optimum level. I’m sure the manager is pleased with that.