“It’s frustrating not playing but obviously the team have been doing really well so I understand it. I just need to keep working hard and prove to the gaffer that I can be in the starting 11. We had a bad result before the international break so it’s given us chance to work on a few things we needed to and then hopefully we carry that into the game at the weekend. When you don’t get the result or performance you want you prefer to get back out there as soon as you can and get it out of your system. But that will mean we’re all raring to go at the weekend.
“Everyone knows how big Manchester United is and playing in front of 75,000 at Old Trafford is going to be special for the boys but we can’t get too overrun by it and we need to concentrate on the way we need to play because we need to pick up points.
“David Beckham was from the same area as me and he was a bit of an idol for myself, so I supported Man United growing up and I suppose I still have some feeling for them now. There’s been some great classics between the two clubs over the years and I’m sure there’ll be many more because it’s two massive clubs. The fans that support both are so passionate so it’s always going to be a big, dramatic game. You look forward to playing in games like this but obviously we need to remain focused and not let things get to you.
“The mood in the camp is fine and we’re still happy in training. Obviously we’re disappointed with the two results but we’ve moved on from it.
We had a couple of losses last season and we bounced back from it well so hopefully we can do the same at the weekend.”