with team-mates who want to help you and are happy for you if you score is a key ingredient. I also have to say that the fans have been great with me from the beginning. They gave me a lot of confidence. I guess it helped that I scored on my home debut, but I felt like we had a great connection straight away. I love the United fans.
And you must be determined to pick up the Golden Boot?
It would be nice, but the main thing for me was to win the league. Even if I’d have scored half the number of goals and we’d won the league I’d still have been happy. The Golden Boot would be like a bonus. In a way it’s not an honest award – even if you end up with the most goals in a season, those goals are the team’s goals and many will have been made possible by other players. They should make a Golden Boot for the whole team.
Have you improved as a player since joining United?
I try to improve every day, every month, every game. That’s my aim. You get spells that don’t go so well, when you don’t score so many goals. And I had one of those this season. Even so, I kept clearing headers from corner kicks, I cleared balls off the goal-line, I set up team-mates to score goals. I was never worried that I’d never score a goal again in my life. That 10-game streak where I didn’t score seemed a bigger issue for the media than it was for me.
You mention your defensive duties – clearing corner kicks, making goal-line clearances...
That’s part of my job. I’m not judged on that by outsiders but, I can assure you, I’m judged on that by my team-mates and the manager. That’s something I’ve agreed to do for the team, so it’s just as important as scoring goals. I have a very important role when it comes to defending corners, free-kicks and set-pieces. I love to do it, too. It gives me a buzz when I clear a corner with a nice