“I think we did what we had to do in the summer,” he said. “We brought in a goalkeeper to replace Edwin van der Sar. We brought Ashley Young in because he’s a player who can play in several positions and has a little bit of experience in terms of his time at Aston Villa.
“And then we bought a potentially tremendous young player in Phil Jones. I think that added to a decent squad that we had, in terms of blending youth and experience in the camp.
"Going into the beginning of the season, I was very positive that I had the nucleus of a very good team. Then we were hit with injury – plagued, almost – for about four months. Now everybody's back fit it’s given me a headache that I wish I didn’t have sometimes. I have to pick teams and leave good players out.
“But there’s the makings of a good team here – a lot of youth that’s going to get better and better.”