off before half-time.
Funniest memory: It was probably when Sir Alex was on the sidelines in a training match. The ball went out of play but we were taking kick-ins instead of throw-ins and I kicked the ball straight at his head! He nearly sent me back to France for that!
My relationship with the fans: We had a great relationship. I was the Frenchman coming after Eric Cantona. Not the same stature obviously but it was always good to have the fans behind my back.
I left United when... I wanted a change in 2008. The gaffer said, ‘Stay.’ I said, ‘No, I have to go.’ Initially I wasn’t going very far away, to Man City. I was having a medical there when Arsene Wenger phoned me. Mark Hughes [City’s boss at the time] said, ‘Okay, it’s your choice.’ So I could have stayed locally but in the end I felt it was better not to join City after being at United.
What I learned at United: I learned my job, because there were so many games and you have to be consistent. It’s easy to be good but consistency is not easy. That’s what you learn the most. I also learned about work ethic, even if I was already a good worker.
What United means to me: I still look for the results, I watch the highlights to see who’s played and who’s scored, I look at the latest news on ManUtd.com. I'll always follow United.
What I do these days: I have been back at United, training with the first-team squad to keep my fitness up while I look for a new club, ideally in the Premier League. I was released by my last club, Werder Bremen in Germany, at the end of last season. Outside of football, I have started a rum