“It was lovely, a lovely time. I mean, it goes well, we stayed up in the league of course and the whole atmosphere at the club was turning into something very positive. I’m forever grateful for what they did. I mean , they showed interest, they showed they cared from day one for wanting me back. To be able to give me the stage to perform, and they did, so I had a very good time and like I said, I told them, called them and wished them all the best. It’s a great football club.”
United’s first away game in the league, of course, is at Brentford. Will that be a nice opportunity for you to say goodbye to the fans and the staff down there who took such good care of you?
“Yeah, definitely. I’ve spoken to most of them already and said 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 definitely playing as a United player will be very different playing at Brentford compared to being on the home side.
What’s it like being on the other side facing United, how have those experiences been for you?
“They’ve always been very good. There have been some very tough games in between, but always good memories. It’s always been very special to play at Old Trafford. In general, playing against such a big club as Manchester United, there’s always something with it. Like I said, it’s going to be weird being on the other side.”
United fans love a creative playmaker – Scholes, Carrick, Charlton, Best, Cantona to name a few. How does it feel to know they’re talking about you in that same breath?
“It means a lot. Like you said, it’s a club with a lot of history. A lot of big, big players have been here, and to be on that list, first of all of course I’m here to play and prove that I can be on that list. But looking back, it’s a big list with some very, very big names.”
So what are your ambitions for this season ahead, personally here at United and, of course, professionally at United?
“I’m pretty sure the ambitions are, of course, to be top again. It’s the dream of the club and the history is now being the best, so I think the only aim is to go as high as possible and see where it takes us. But I think the aim is definitely to win something.”
You touched on it there that the fans want us to be challenging for trophies where this football club should be challenging – what would be your message to those fans upon your arrival?
“Yeah, I think not only with my arrival, but the whole thing has a good vibe to it. I mean, the whole club seems like it’s in a good place. So hopefully it’s something we can push on. I’ve seen the pre-season games, and it looks good. The team looks good. I think it’s definitely something that we can push for and I hope I can help the fans to be able to come to the games and enjoy the football that we’re going to play.”
You’ve committed to a long-term contract here at United. Could 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 when the contract ends, so I’ll have a few years left. Like I said, you never know what football holds. I’ve experienced that very close by. Something can happen, so you really have to do one day at a time. Say one day at a time and see what comes and goes but no, I’m just pleased to be here and we’ll see what the future holds.”
You talked about your ambitions there with United but what about with your national side – it’s a big year for the Danish side, isn’t it?
“Yeah, very. From when I did my rehab last year, the aim and the dream was obviously to be back and in condition for the World Cup if I could, and now finally being back and definitely aiming for the World Cup, it’s a good thing. It’s something that I think we all dream about, playing at a World Cup. I’ve been there and done it before and I think it’s something that you keep with you forever. But now going to a World Cup with Denmark again , it’s very special.”
What can the players here at United expect from you in and around the dressing room? What are you like?
“Erm, they’ll find out! No, I’m an open person. I like playing football. I like doing the funny bits on the pitch. Being involved, and helping. If I need to help someone I’ll help someone , by being a team player.”