Is the positive twist on early season injuries to players like Kagawa and Nani, and to a degree yourself, that you and they feel relatively fresh?
Yes, definitely. I haven’t played as many games as I normally would have at this point in the season and I do feel fresh and ready for that battle until the end of the season. With the way the manager rotates the team there will be a lot of players who are feeling fresh as well. Some teams tend to field the same team every week and when you get towards the end of the campaign you can lose that sharpness because of that. We should definitely be well prepared.
Also in United’s sights this season is the FA Cup. There seems to be a real appetite to win it this season, is that the feeling in the dressing room?
Definitely. It’s a massive tournament and as important to me as the other competitions. It’s a trophy I’ve never won and as a footballer it’s one I’ve always dreamt of winning.
So filling that hole in your personal trophy haul would obviously mean a lot?
Of course. It’s a tournament I grew up watching and have always wanted to win. I’ve lost a few finals and it’s not a nice feeling. It’s something that we as a club and we as players are determined to win. Hopefully this will be the year.
How would you assess your own season to date?
It’s been a bit of a stop-start season for me with a couple of injuries, which has been a bit disappointing. I just want to keep myself fit until the end of the season now and play as many as games as I can and help the team be successful.
You’ve played in a number of positions, including orthodox centre-midfield, the tip of a diamond, wide and up front. Have you enjoyed that variation?
It’s been a different experience but something I’ve enjoyed. I’ve played all across the midfield and up front and it allows