The Northern Ireland international centre-back told United Review, the official matchday magazine: "I guess I'm still classed in the young bracket but I do have a bit of experience.
"And, when I'm on the pitch, I want to try and help some of the newer faces.
"It's my fourth season at the club since I went out on loan at Sunderland, so I feel like there's advice I should be trying to pass on to the young guys.
"I can't just sit back and continue to let other people show me the ropes. I've been here long enough to be beyond that point now."
"There's always been stiff competition here and Phil Jones joining the club certainly hasn't made me think any differently," he added.
"I've just made sure I've got my head down and I've worked really hard.
"I've never been one for craving attention. If I know that I've given 100 per cent, then that's all that matters.
"I don't really listen to what other people might be saying - good or bad - about my performances. Of course, the opinion that really counts is the manager's."