"I hate taking penalties, it's just something I've not been comfortable with since probably missing against Arsenal all that time ago. I've never fancied doing them and Wayne [Rooney] is going to need some practice before the start of the season so it was good for him and a great penalty."
The future still looks bright for United with several youth-teamers ready to progress into the squad this term.
"This club and manager have always treated youth as a major part of it," he added. "We got our chance when we were young. If you're good enough, he'll definitely give you a chance.
"We've got a great youth team who went on to win the Youth Cup so, this year, you'll see four or five break through."
And a final word from the understated genius? "I'm just glad it's all over, to be honest." You won't find any United fan echoing that sentiment.