"In general I’d say 2007 was a good year for United. We were disappointed with losing the FA Cup final and going out in the Champions League but with us winning the league again I think you can say it’s been a very good year.
"We’ve also started this season well – we’re in a position now where we’re near the top of the table and we’ve qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League.
"There were smaller disappointments as well – losing against City, Bolton and West Ham, for example – but I think we’re starting 2008 in a good position. Having said that, I don’t think we can afford to lose another three games this season – maybe only one or two now. But right now we’re still in contention for the title and that’s all you can ask for. We’d definitely have taken our current position at the start of 2007. And the most important games are still to come.
"The league is a little more open this season but it’s still the most exciting league to play in. Some of the technical quality in Spain is fantastic but in terms of excitement I think the Premier League is the best.
"On a personal level, I’ve missed playing football desperately. Football’s what I do and it’s what I’ve been doing for years, so it’s very frustrating to be watching from the sidelines. Obviously I’ve had injuries before but never for this length of time. I hope in 2008 I get on the pitch a lot more often.
"It’s hard to say how far away from a return I am, to be honest. If you ask me today I’d say I’m close as I’ve trained with the team for two-and-a-half weeks now and I even felt like I could have been involved against Birmingham City on New Year’s Day.
"Obviously what’s going against me is the fact I haven’t played football for 10 months. And I think it could be difficult for me to get a match. The lads have some momentum going now, they’ve defended well and Wes has done extremely well at right back. There aren’t many opportunities for the manager