The manager says you were his favourite player, that must be high praise..
I think I paid him a few quid as well [laughs]. No, he's the same age-bracket so he probably remembers it.
And would you like to return the compliment about his managerial ability?
He will probably go down as the greatest manager ever when he eventually retires, whenever that will be!
Are you pleased to see Paul Scholes back in the team?
Well, I thought he retired too soon. He's got another couple of seasons in him and the way he plays, he's one of my favourites now. He's a lovely player and it would have been really good to play alongside him.
Do you get to see many games these days?
I don't really, no. I'm not really a football watcher. I watch a little bit but never too much. I enjoyed playing but I'm not really good at watching. Of course I keep up-to-date and Manchester is a fantastic place to be at the moment. Whether you're a United supporter or City, it's going to be a race until the end. I can't see anyone else coming into the equation.
But are you already looking forward to the derby later in the season?
Well, we're always on TV somewhere along the line. I'm not a great watcher but I do watch the occasional game.
And your son is a City fan isn't he?
Yes, we have a City fan in the family. He's had a bad time for many years so he's having a wee bit of success.
Of course, in your career you also had a spell abroad in Serie A. How was that?
Well, first of all we [he moved to Torino with Joe Baker] didn't