"He embarrassed me after one pre-season, after we had won a league title. He stopped the training session, came in, threw down his pad. 'If you keep giving the ball away, I will go and buy someone for £50million'.
"I am thinking, "I played every game for you last season! And now you're trying to humiliate me!" I didn't understand why he was doing that, but my instinct was to run and give everything; flying into tackles, winning the ball.
"We made eye contact and he grinned. He knew exactly what he was doing — to get the best out of all of us. I have seen him do the same to Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole, Michael Ballack. Big personalities in the dressing room.
"Does he have the same now at United? You have to stand up and turn up at training every day and show him that you want to win at all costs. If you've got that, he's 100 per cent on your side.