When the manager talks about the club's future being in the hands of the young players, he always refers to you and Wayne Rooney. Does that give you a lot of confidence?
The most important thing for me is to concentrate on the present but, of course, it's great to hear the manager say things like that about young players. We have a very talented group of youngsters and I believe we can only improve as a group as every season goes by. I don't feel any additional pressure when I hear the manager talk about me like that - I feel the same as I did when I arrived. All I can do is continue to work hard and try to give the best that I can.
What areas of your game do you feel you improved on last season?
There wasn't anything specific - I just tried to work hard on every aspect. I didn't just concentrate on the technical side of my play because I wanted to improve everything in general from my first season. I'll be aiming to do the same again this season.
Have you any specific aims for this season?
The most important thing for me is to keep improving. I feel really good and I've been looking forward to the start of the season all summer. I'm hoping to play even better than last season and I'm confident I can help the team achieve success.
You were clearly very upset after the FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal. Has that experience made you even hungrier to win things?
Yes, I was very disappointed because I felt we were the better team on the day and deserved to win. Nonetheless, the experience has made me even more determined to try and ensure we win a trophy this time around.
You made a bet with Sir Alex that you'd score 10 goals last season but you missed out by one.
Will you be having another bet this year?
I was very disappointed to lose my bet with the boss but we