With the Class of 92 graduating 20 years ago this summer, we take a look back at what the ex-England international had to say.
How did United help you develop as a youngster?
Eric Harrison used to have monthly meetings with every single player in the youth team when you used to go into his office and sit with him. Eric always told me to watch Robbo [Bryan Robson] and Keaney [Roy Keane] when he was at Nottingham Forest. He said: 'I want you to be in that kind of mould, that's the kind of player you are'. He said: 'Watch them' and he did that with other players, whether defenders or attackers, and it was good to look at two great players like that. If you can learn any little thing from them, it can only help your career.
Eric Harrison felt you were more mature than most of your colleagues. Is that right?
When you're a kid you don't think of it [maturity]. I didn't think I was that much more developed than anyone else as I was slight and small. Perhaps in character as I was maybe a bit older than my years. But I think it's patience. The manager knows when to bring you in. When you're a kid, you think you're ready but, trust me, you're not. I played in the Champions League against Barcelona, the 4-0, and I was never ready for that. I was 18 and only played due to the foreigners rule - I was never really ready. As much as I think it's good that you think you are good enough to take on the world at that age, the coach or manager knows exactly when to put you in so you have to have patience.
How much of a boost could it be to have the Class of 92 lads staying at the club?
I think United will benefit from all the players, not just me, Ryan [Giggs], Scholesy and the lads who've come through because they've also done great with the guys who