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Not looking for plaudits

29 August 2013

Neill Collins says he wouldn't have a problem if it is United's midfielders and attackers that take the plaudits this season.

The vastly experienced defender says it comes with the territory that goalscorers and creative players always seem to hog the spotlight, but insists that doesn't concern him, because successful teams usually score plenty of goals.

He laughed: "If nobody is commenting on my performances come the end of the season then we have obviously had a good season.

"I am sure the likes of Harry (Maguire) and Tony (McMahon) will say the same, as defenders you only get noticed when your team is conceding goals or you are struggling.

"I will more than happily sit back and go about my work quietly and let the lads at the other end do the talking with plenty of goals."

Collins has also pleaded with Unitedites to be patient, although he acknowledges the expectation is understandable despite the change of manager and philosophies during the summer months:

He added: "Now, more than ever, we need the fans to stay with us during this transition, although it can still be a winning transition, we need their support to make sure it happens as quickly as possible.

"All the lads are happy to play the brand of football the Gaffer wants and you only have to look at teams like Swansea and our visitors on Saturday, the MK Dons, to see that teams who stick to their principles usually get the success and admiration they deserve."

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