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“But there are other criteria to take into account. For example, the popularity of Manchester United is just completely crazy.

"Every time we go on a pre-season tour, either in Asia or the United States, all the training sessions open to the public are packed out and there are fans around our hotel at all hours of the night and day.

"And it is the same when I go on holiday: no matter where you go in the world, you are going to come across a Manchester United fan.”

“When you open an English newspaper, no matter which one, you will find an article on United, either a photo of a player leaving the training ground or a transfer rumour,”

“With the help of my entourage, I have learned to take a step back from all that, otherwise you risk getting yourself into difficulties. That is the downside of playing at such a club.”