The former England star said that the deal to take Tom Cleverley to Watford came as a surprise to most of the squad, and that the players aren’t always aware of what is going on with each other until a deal is done.
The 32 year old said that it is down to each player to make sure they are doing their best and not being replaced by new signings.
“Honestly, you just do your job,” he said.
“You’re always aware of it in the background that it’s going to happen.
“And you always know in football that things can change really quickly. An example would be when Tom went down to Watford on loan.
“He text us that evening to say he’d gone down to Watford. Things are happening in the background but all we can do is do our work, come in and train because we’re not always privy to the information of what’s going on behind the scenes.
“So for every individual player to make sure you’re doing to best you can to make sure they’re pleased with you and not looking to replace you.
“But that’s inevitable in football, everyone is always going to be looking for the next best thing and you accept that but that is what should make you push yourself.
“Of course, every manager is going to want time not only to implement their philosophy and ideas but to shape the squad, the personnel and get what they want.
“You’d probably say they’d want a couple of windows and some managers don’t like doing business in January – we’ve obviously done a bit of business – so we’ll look to perform between now and the end of the season and I’m sure the manager will be at the forefront and willing to take responsibility for wherever we are.
“But, at the same time, he would probably say ‘give me another transfer window’ and another summer to get the players in the physical condition he expects and not to have to do that in season.
“All in all, he will probably say come to the start of next season ‘this is my team’ and his stamp will be fully on it.”
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