It was an indication of how respected he is at the club by the fact that he was initially scheduled to captain the team on Thursday against Ajax, before Ji-sung Park came out with the armband.
"I think I've come on a lot since I came from Blackburn," he told MUTV. "I've learnt a lot and pick up pointers every single day from the manager and players. You just try to improve yourself and make yourself the best player you can. Everyone says [being versatile] is sometimes a disadvantage but it's worked for me as I didn't think I'd make as many appearances as I have done when I started."