Last updated : 05 August 2004 By editor

Alan certainly seems impressed with the attitude of the players and club, "Their pride was hurt last year and since I have come here I've noticed how hungry the players are to do well. That is the biggest thing I have found.

"There are players here who have won eight championship medals and they still want to go out and win more which is all credit to them, and why they have done so well over the years. I am here now and I want to be a part of it. We are all champing at the bit to get the Premiership title back."

Smith is glad to have had the opportunity to get a few games under his belt, "When you sign for a club like this it is important that you get out there and play football. I played three 90-minute games in America so this was an added bonus.”

He was also happy to make his first appearance at Old Trafford in a red shirt, "The gaffer wanted to try a few of the lads who had been on international duty, to get their fitness back so Louis, Ruud and Diego played up there first but it was an added bonus for me to get on.

"I've settled in great. The lads have all been good to me and I think going to America to start off with was the perfect opportunity to get to know all the lads and I was just happy to get out there and perform in a United shirt in front of the home fans."

The former Leeds striker acknowledges that his popularity is not guaranteed amongst United supporters, but feels that his playing style will win us round. "I know it is a difficult situation for the fans because I used to play for a club they do not like. But anyone who has any doubts about me will soon realise I am 100% committed to Manchester United.

"I know I am good enough to play in this team. At a club like this, self-confidence is the most important thing. If you ask Ruud, Louis, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Diego Forlan, I'm sure they would say exactly the same thing.

"If you are going to be a successful club that is what you need from the players. You need everybody who wants to play to do well and win things."

Smith feels that he has settled in quickly at United, and seems glad to be alongside players from whom he can learn, "When you have been somewhere for so many years, as soon as you decide to move, you start to think about how difficult it might be to enter a different environment.

"I have never changed clubs before and I didn't really know what to expect but it is strange how quickly I have settled in. I am a young player coming to a big club and I want to learn off players who are already here. If you can take information off good players, that will stand you in good stead for the future.”

Finally he looks forward to the Charity Shield, and hopes to win his first medal in English football, "I'm looking forward to the Community Shield. I've not won anything as a footballer, not since I was a kid, so Sunday is a chance for me to put that right.

"Coming to a team where people who have won championship after championship and trophies, and yet they still want more, that's a credit to them.

"But they want to win the Premiership title so badly this year and I want to win it too."