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03/06/2012 10:40, Report by Adam Marshall & Dan James
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to give. If each defender can bring a bit of confidence to the team, then we can build big confidence in each other.

The papers have mentioned your age, are you confident you can still perform well for United?
You get used to it. When I went to Italy, to Inter, people were mentioning my age but, after three months, everybody had stopped talking about it. People were questioning my age because Bergomi had retired the season before and I was only a little younger than him. But I showed straight away that I could still play well and they didn't talk about it any more. I don't think it matters what age you are, the truth comes in what you do out on the pitch.

Do you wish you could have come here earlier?
I was very close to coming here on those previous occasions, at least four or five times over the last seven years. What I'd like to stress is that, despite my age and it being the final year of my career, I'm pleased to be here and confident I can do well.

So have you definitely decided what you are going to do at the end of the season?
I'll stop. I'll retire. I've decided I'll stop playing at the end of the year but I'm trying to focus on now and what happens this season. I may stay in football and I'm thinking about coaching.

Was the possibility of winning the European Cup for the first time a motivation behind you coming here for your final year as a player?
It was a motivation but not the only one. Which footballer wouldn't have that motivation at any point in his career? That's great if you get that chance to achieve that goal.

What would be the perfect end to your career?
People have spoken about the Champions League but it is also important to win the English League. To win the Champions League would be fantastic for me and the club but you have to focus on the Premiership because the supporters follow the team all over the country. You have to repay them for their loyalty and make sure

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