“I still think I’ve got a chance of making it at United. While I still think I’ve got that chance I will stay and try to prove myself.

“I’ve heard the new manager likes to bring young players through and that’s always been the way at United. And obviously, with Giggsy staying on as assistant-manager, then that can only benefit the young players.

“Hopefully we will have a good pre-season and get the chance to prove ourselves. If we do then we’ll have a chance to play.

“I’ve been out on loan and been lucky that I went to three really good clubs. They all had good training grounds, good facilities and great managers.

“When you first play in the Championship you are a bit taken aback by how physical it is – particularly as a centre-half.

“I made my debut against Kevin Davies and I didn’t win a header against him. And I got about ten elbows.

“I knew not even Rio could help with that one – so I spoke to Nemanja Vidic instead!”