"The results here in South Africa aren't the be all and end all," he told MUTV. "Generally, the idea is to get fit and come through the games with no injuries.
"But winning is still important. We didn't win the tournament last time we were here in 2006 [so we'd like to make up for that]. Besides, you want to get into the habit of winning games as soon as possible."
The 34-year-old is enjoying his time in South Africa, largely due to the supporters' hospitality.
"South Africa's great. The fans are brilliant, just like anywhere else in the world where United go. I've experienced it before so I know what to expect, but it's still special to arrive at the airport at 8am and see fans waiting for you.
"They were dancing and singing and put on a real South African welcome [when we touched down in Cape Town on Friday].
"It's definitely good to be here and we'll have some more tough games to play - it will be a real test."