“It was lovely, a nice time. I mean, it went well, we stayed in the league of course and the whole atmosphere at the club became something very positive. I’m forever grateful for what they did. I mean, they showed interest, they showed they cared about me from day one. I had a great time, and like I said, I I told them, I called them and I wished them the best. It’s a great football club.”
United’s first away game in the league is of course at Brentford. Will this be a good opportunity for you to say goodbye to the fans and staff there who took such good care of you?
“Yes, definitely. I’ve already spoken to most of them and told them what the future holds. Of course it will be fun to see the fans in the stadium – the atmosphere at the stadium was very nice, it was a very, very good feeling and an impressive atmosphere. But for sure playing as a United player will be very different at Brentford than at home.”
How is it to be on the other side against United, how have you been through those experiences?
“They have always been very good. There have been some very difficult games between the two, but always great memories. It has always been very special to play at Old Trafford. In general, playing against such a big club as Manchester United , it always has something to do. Like I said, it’s going to be weird being on the other side.”
United fans love creative playmakers – Scholes, Carrick, Charlton, Best, Cantona to name but a few. How does it feel to know that they’re talking about you in the same breath?
“It means a lot. As you said, it’s a club with a long history. A lot of great players have been there, and to be on this list, of course I’m here to play and prove that I I can be on that list. But looking back, it’s a big list with some really, really big names.”
So what are your ambitions for this coming season, personally here at United and, of course, professionally at United?
“I’m pretty sure the ambitions are, of course, to be at the top again. It’s the club’s dream and the story now is to be the best, so I think the only goal is to go as high as possible and see where it takes us. But I think the goal is definitely to win something.”
You touched on the fact that the fans want us to fight for trophies where this football club should – what would be your message to those fans when you arrive?
“Yeah, I think not only with my arrival, but the whole thing has a good atmosphere. I mean, the whole club seems to be in a good position. So hopefully that’s something we can take forward “I’ve seen the pre-season games, and it looks good. The team looks good. I think it’s definitely something we can push and hopefully I can help fans to come to the games and enjoy the football we are going to play.”
You have committed to a long-term contract here at United. Do you see yourself potentially ending your career here?
“I don’t know! I think I read somewhere that you have to be 35 before you can retire, so I’ll be 33 at the end of the contract, so I’ll have a few years left. As I said said, you never know what football has in store for you. I’ve experienced it first hand. Something can happen, so you really have to live one day at a time. You have to say one day at a time and see what comes and goes but no, I’m just happy to be here and we’ll see what the future holds.”
You’ve talked about your ambitions with United, but what about your national team? It’s an important year for the Danish team, isn’t it?
“Yes, very. Since I did my rehabilitation last year, the goal and the dream was obviously to be back and fit for the World Cup if I could, and now that I’m finally come back and I’m definitely aiming for the World Cup, that’s a good thing. It’s something we all dream of, I think, to go to a World Cup. I’ve been there before and I’ve I’ve done it before, and I think it’s something you take with you forever. But now to go to a World Cup again with Denmark is very special.”
What can United players expect from you in and around the dressing room? How are you ?
“Erm, they’ll find out! No, I’m an open person. I like playing football. I like doing fun things on the pitch. Being involved, and helping. If I need to help someone one, I will help him, being a team player.”