“But team-mates react to that. I thought he would be exposed when he arrived at United because of his size and relative lack of pace. I have to hold my hands up there.
“But he obviously has a real football brain and that ‘lead from the front’ mentality. You can see it in him. Everyone on the pitch, he wants to have an argument with. I love to see that. Casemiro’s got a bit of it in him, too.
“They’re the ones who can carry the flag. And then, behind them, you’ve got others suddenly ready to stand up and be counted. I like the way Erik ten Hag has reinstated discipline. These are the kinds of qualities I always remember when we went up against each other for Liverpool and United.”