"It’s great to be part of all that," he admitted. "Even though it’s not as a coach and not playing. It’s not quite the same but the next best thing is being involved in the ambassadorial role and going around the world with the team to just be part of that. It’s an exceptional club to work for.
"I had a great time here and real success on the pitch but it’s Manchester itself that has always been a great city for me and my family. I hear of players when they go to their hometowns and the sort of thing where if they’re not going through a good time they get criticised on the street and maybe in restaurants and bars.
"That’s where United fans have always been different class with me so I’ve enjoyed living in the area. Then, with the way Manchester United have grown and built up their reputation throughout the world into probably the biggest sporting club, there is an unbelievable fanbase. There’s also the way we play football so it’s great to be connected with all that."