playing before you. But when you get injuries, and you know the manager’s probably not got any choice but to play you, then it’s different. I probably feel at my best when I’m playing every 10 days or two weeks, but sometimes you can’t do that. You’ve got to try and keep yourself fit. I played 90 minutes against Newcastle, and four days later I played 90 minutes against City – you’re going to get that during the season. It’s not ideal and the manager probably doesn’t want that, but it’s going to happen. Hopefully we’ll get everyone back so we can rotate things and we’ll get that freshness for two games a week.
We often hear about rollercoaster seasons, but this season really has swung from highs, like beating Arsenal 8-2, to lows such as losing to City…
Yeah, we’ve had inconsistency, but I think some of the teams we’ve had to put out at times have really tested the squad to the limit. I think if we get everyone back then we’ll have a great chance of winning every competition that we’re in. You need a little bit of luck to win things in a season, but overall most teams could do better. We’re up there and we’re in a good position.
You mention inconsistency; is that to be expected given the number of experienced players who left the club last summer?
Yeah, I think so. We lost a lot of experience with Wes [Brown], Sheasy, Edwin [van der Sar], Nev, Scholesy as well [laughs]. Plus the young players coming in – new players need time to bed in. To be honest the likes of David [De Gea], Ashley [Young] and Phil [Jones] have all done well this season, as has Danny Welbeck coming back from Sunderland – he’s been in great form as well.