I remember playing away at Inter Milan, the ball came to me, the crowd were up for it, and I remember controlling it and taking it around Roberto Baggio and thinking that everything just felt right. I was 24 years old and everything felt right. I never feared playing against any opponent. Nobody was going to get the better of me, no matter who it was. That was that point in my career where everything felt spot on. I was concentrated, I could go forward and back, everything felt really good.
I think the whole team felt like that individually. Everybody came together at the perfect time. Even the big teams couldn’t handle the speed and intensity of our play, of Keane, Beckham and Scholes in midfield. We weren’t carrying anybody. The defending from the front was brilliant, the midfield were the best attackers and defenders, and then you had two massive characters at the back in Jaap and Ronny.
Me and Denis would fly forward and support at every opportunity, and then we had a great goalkeeper as well in Peter. And then you’ve got Nicky Butt in midfield, who was a warrior, and my brother would come in for me or Denis. There was real quality throughout the whole squad, whoever came in. Everybody was at a perfect moment. It wasn’t the biggest squad, but the quality, effort, attitude and intensity was unbelievable.