"Our targets are the same this year in that we want to win silverware and medals. But to do that we need to play consistent football. That means going out each week and picking up maximum points; or worse case scenario picking up one point.
"When you prioritise the three trophies [Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup], some people would say the FA Cup would be third. But then, I suppose we can pride ourselves on taking something out of a season that wasn't one of our best.”
Looking at his own performance last season, Howard is surprisingly critical of his performances:
"It was difficult. All in all it was OK. But OK isn't good enough. There are things that I can do better, things that I can learn from. There were things that I assessed I need to work on and I certainly hope I can put that right."
He also feels more settled now in his second season at United:
“Last year was difficult in terms of figuring out who's who, and what's what. But this year will be better because everything is stable."