“You’re not quite prepared for what Manchester United is when you get there,”

“You go on your first trip abroad to somewhere like Asia and you get an understanding of how big the club is.

“I didn’t expect in my career to get a call from possibly the biggest club in the world. I got into the game late - at 19 I was still playing non-league football - and I was just pleased to be playing professionally at any kind of level [at Middlesbrough].

“It just spiralled all the way to Manchester United, so it was one of those ‘pinch me’ moments. I couldn’t believe it had happened but I was made up that they put a bid in for me.”

“To actually put the jersey on [for the first time] to go out and play was one of those surreal moments,”

“There’s a lot of things going through your head - a few years back I’d been playing for Billingham Town, then Middlesbrough, so I was thinking about the journey I’d been on, and there you are putting on this iconic shirt. It sends a bit of a shiver down your spine.”