"I think the only result of that was that where other clubs were faced with situations of a similar type they did not deal with it themselves but left it to the FA. I think, as responsible employers and with a responsibility to the game, it's important you deal with it and United dealt with it.
"As I've said before, he was an admirable client. He took advice, always attended meetings on time and always did what was asked of him. He was not difficult to deal with at all and was, in fact, very pleasant. It must have been a serious strain for him, particularly with not playing as well, and I think he handled himself very well, coming back firing for the Liverpool game.
"He was a player who made a difference. I think of all the players, he was the one who could change a game. Of course, the fans loved him and he's always able to come back and has enjoyed coming back."