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"I’ve got a lot to thank him for. He might not know but I wouldn’t have gone to Manchester United if it wasn’t for Benzema because I think Manchester United wanted to buy Benzema, and he chose Real Madrid. I was told by Sir Alex Ferguson that ‘we want Benzema, but if Benzema doesn’t come then you’re coming’. So I was pleading with Benzema to go to Real Madrid – so thank you to him."