That’s possible but it’s tough to say that for certain because there are other similar midfielders that are relatively young and doing well. Look at [Sergio] Busquets at Barcelona. He’s 24 and, although he’s playing with unbelievable players in that team, he’s done really well. Every player is different and some players can peak young and then they tail off, others become stronger later in their careers.
Do you feel you’re at your peak now?
Yeah. I feel like I’ve improved all the time I’ve been at United. You’re always going to have better spells than others. That's natural and you can’t be on an upward curve all the time or play at your best all the time. But as time has gone on I have improved as a player and I’m still looking to improve even now. You have to here.
You’ve been consistent for a number of years for United but people seem to appreciate and acknowledge your influence far more these days. Any ideas why?
I really don’t know and it makes me laugh sometimes with the things I read and comments I hear. Perhaps a few more figures in football have said nice things about my game and then people jump on that. But I’ve been happy with my form for a while now.
Do you think perhaps Barcelona’s success in controlling possession has highlighted how influential your style can be?
That's possible. The game evolves all the time and different trends and styles of play come to the fore or become more popular and are used by different teams.