But he is looking way beyond that to a career in management once he hangs up his boots.
“I’ve started taking my coaching badges now, so that will probably take about four or five years to complete,” he said.
“Of course I’ve got a lot of experience playing football, so I think it would be criminal If I didn’t try and pass that knowledge on.
“So hopefully when I finish playing I can get some role as a manager or coach and try and use the experience I’ve built up over the years.”
* Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has been told he can leave United, confirmed yesterday he has retired from international football.