Do your playing days at United seem like only yesterday or do they seem like a lifetime ago?
They seem like only yesterday because I have to fight against the memory [of them]. Football is so big and intense that if you live with this kind of memory it can seem like your life is finished and you are dead, but I don’t want to be dead. I have many more ambitions in my life and therefore have to fight against all the things that are in my memory. I fight hard to look forward and have new goals every day and I don’t take time to think about all the great moments I enjoyed here. Only when I come back to Old Trafford do I allow myself to open the doors of my memory and think about my time at United.
You said in your interview with MUTV in December 2004 that you’d only come back to United if you felt you had something special to give...
For me United is the biggest club in the world and my greatest moments in football were here. I still love this club and will continue to love this club and if I think I can create something then maybe I could come back. As a player I wanted to create something and in my life I try to live in the world of creation. It’s not easy but I try to do it. So if I was to come back into football it would be because I think I have something new to give to the game. If I do come back I want to create a team that plays like no other team has ever played before; I would be very proud of that. I always want to be unique and I would want my team to be unique as well. Your team should be a reflection of yourself and your football ambitions. It should be like a mirror image of all the strategies and observations you have of everything to do with the game. I’m a futurist with lots of ambitions