I suppose the idea is that everybody competes with each other and challenges each other and makes things better in training?
“Absolutely. We all have our roles to play when it comes to that. Whoever has the gloves at that particular time, it's up to the other guys to really push - not just support but push and challenge the one who is playing – to make sure that, as a team and as a department, we're able to get the best possible results. Whether it's David, Dean, Tom, myself, we'll all be pushing to play and excited and ready to support the one that is playing.”
Have you come across Tom before? I guess you will have done in your career?
“Absolutely. We played against each other many times. He actually came into Burnley just after I'd left. We've done a lot of work together at the PFA over the last five or six years, so we've got a really good relationship and I'm sure that will help in terms of him being able to settle and us being able to form a strong dynamic as a group.”
Goalkeepers are maybe different, in that they're in it together and a very close-knit group?
“Absolutely, but that doesn't mean we can't challenge each other and push each other though. What we are fortunate with here at Manchester United is that we've got four characters that are able to get along and co-exist, which is not always the case. We're fortunate that we are able to do that to a very high standard. What that does allow us to do is to push each other and genuinely and authentically push and challenge each other on the training ground. I think that's one of the reasons that the club has decided to keep me around - because I help to do that as well. Challenge younger guys, push and, as I say, make sure that the levels are really high for whoever is playing at the weekend.”