“Of course he wants to play football at the highest level, just like you want all your players to have those ambitions.
“But he gets his head down and gets on with his work and he was totally professional in summer, despite the noise from outside which you can’t control.
“He knows that. He is a smart guy and we will just carry on getting on with our work and try to help him enjoy his football, which is the most important thing.”
United’s issues at the back are no secret, with the club keeping just two Premier League clean sheets in 11 matches, conceding 17 times.