After winning eight Premier League titles, one European Cup, three FA Cups and two League Cups with United, he feels a void left by the failure with England.
“The fact of the matter is that when you play 85 times and in five major tournaments, and you don’t get past the semi-final or win a tournament – maybe ‘waste of time’ is too strong – but if I played for Manchester United for 15 or 20 years and did not win a trophy, I’d say that was a waste of time,” he said. “The expectation that Sir Alex Ferguson puts in at Old Trafford is that it’s not acceptable not to win. To go through that career with United and win trophies consistently, and then have this big void which is England – that to me is like I’ve wasted an opportunity. That’s probably a better phrase to use.”