huge advantage at this stage of the campaign, isn’t it?
Yes, it’s great. We’ve had quite a few injuries at this stage of the season in past years, which has made things tough. Having players fit now is very important because it gives the manager so many options at a time when there are a lot of big matches. If he needs to rest a few players and bring others in he can do that. Hopefully everyone can stay fit between now and the end of the season.
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