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Man Utd striker Campbell delighted with Antwerp campaign

Manchester United striker Frazier Campbell was delighted with an outstanding season on-loan at Royal Antwerp last term.

Campbell was one goal off topping the scoring charts in the Belgian second division, and earned the nickname 'Super Campbell' from Antwerp's fans.

However, defeat in the end of season playoffs consigned Antwerp to another campaign in Belgian football's second tier, despite being in the division's top two for most of the season.

"It's very disappointing for the whole team," Fraizer told RAFC TV. "We had a great season, played some good football and we were just unlucky at the end really. But all in all it's been great and I've enjoyed every minute of it.

"I couldn't have asked for a better season for myself, it's been a great experience and the lows like this make you a better player. That's why I came out to Antwerp, to learn more about the game, get experience and that's what I've done.

"It's been a massive learning curve for me, Darron (Gibson), Ryan (Shawcross) and the other two (Jonny Evans and Danny Simpson) who were here before. It's helped me grow up, mature and I've learned a lot about football, about life, about people, different cultures and it's been great."

Campbell became an instant hero with Antwerp's passionate support through his goalscoring exploits, and he admits playing under their expectancy provided the biggest lesson of his time in Belgium.

"Learning to deal with the pressure of the fans was the biggest thing," he said. "The fans expect a lot from you if you play well and they expect a lot from you in every game. To deal with the expectancy I've got to try and perform every week.

"If you want to play for United's first team, their fans are just as expectant as any other club's fans. It does put a lot of pressure on you, but it's good for your development."

Campbell will return to Carrington early next month to discover how Sir Alex Ferguson plans to continue his development, and the Huddersfield-born striker is happy to accept the United Manager's decision.

"We've just got to go back and do pre-season in Manchester and that's when we'll have our talks," he said. "Everyone sits down and talks to the Boss and he decides where the best place is for each player for the next season.

"Ideally I'd love to play in the first team every week but you never know. The Boss has got plans for us all and whatever he thinks is best for us is probably the best thing for us, so I'll listen to him in the summer and take a decision then."

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