grow up as a fan but, as soon as you become a player, you kind of feel on the other side of it. You are representing the club on the pitch; you're still a fan but it's from a totally different perspective. You've got to try to make the fans happy as well as the manager and do your job for the club. As a footballer, though, the day you retire, I think you go back to being a fan like everyone else.
It's hard to put into words exactly what Manchester United means to me. From a young age, I was fanatical about United and I used to cry when the team lost. That's how much it meant as a kid. Now I feel really privileged to pull on the shirt and go out there and try to make a difference and represent the fans on the pitch.
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