The England ace admits his tough time at Watford helped him.
"I settle in at places straight away now," he told the Daily Mail. "As I’ve got older, the nerves aren’t there any more; they just left one day, when I was at Watford. I only feel excitement now, whatever the game. I never think of the fee, or how big the club is, or the occasion. Not even at Villa, when there was a lot more focus on the money because it was a record for the club and I had only come from Watford. That was all unimportant to me because I had confidence in my ability.
"It was the same at United. As soon as I signed I wanted to get out there and show everybody what I could do. I wasn’t daunted: it was a no-brainer that I should want to play for them. Sir Alex Ferguson told me it was a big challenge to represent Manchester United, and straight away I was like, 'Right, I’m up for that'. What is special about this club is that everybody is expected to think like a leader, even if there is only one captain. There are players here like Ryan Giggs and when they talk, we listen. But in this dressing room, the older ones listen, too.
"You always feel you can have your say and I think that is what will get us through any difficult times. It was very quiet after the Manchester City game when we lost 6-1, people were upset and our dressing room is not usually like that.
"Next up was Everton away, which is always hard, but we prepared the right way, worked right all week and got the result we needed. Now we look back and think, 'Manchester City? We lost. Massively disappointed. We pick ourselves up and move on'. End of story."