Last years summer acquisition from Blackburn Rovers was today speaking to manutd.com about his disappointment and frustration at finishing runners up, after city’s two late goals Phil looked distraught at the final whistle.
“It was mixed feelings at the final whistle,” he said “I thought we’d pulled off the impossible at first, we thought QPR had done us a massive favour with a difficult task of going to the Etihad. But then City scored two goals in quick succession and that killed us.”
“I’ll take that on board with what I’ve learned this season. It’s been a massive learning curve for me and I’ve played a lot of games this season and I’ve really enjoyed playing.”
“Of course, that’s football,” he continued. “Things like that can happen and we’ve perhaps been a bit unfortunate this season but so be it. City have won it this year but hopefully we’ll be back next season, fighting and ready to go again.”
For me, Phil has a long way to go, but he has shown some good qualities in his first year with the club, and he definitely has age on his side as he is only twenty years old.
“It’s been a whirlwind season for me. We’ve been unfortunate with injuries this season which has probably enabled me to play more games than I expected.”
“I’ve really enjoyed it and I feel like I’ve really progressed and come on as a player. It’s a massive learning curve for me. Being at United in my first season has really given me an insight into the passion and drive the club has.
“The history speaks for itself and we’ll do it the United way, we’ll bounce back and we’ll go again next season.”
Phil will be on EURO 2012 duties this summer, having been preferred at right-back to City’s Micah Richards. He is one of four reds heading off to Ukraine this summer so lets hope our lads give a good account of themselves and carry that form into the new season.