Phil Jones has revealed he found it easier than he initially thought settling into life at Manchester United, with the former Blackburn star taking comfort from Sir Alex Ferguson's faith in his ability.
Jones made the move to Old Trafford last summer, and was touted for big things for both the Red Devils and the England side.
And on both platforms he has so far delivered, looking likely to get a shout for the 2012 Euros and taking United to put big spenders Manchester City under some serious pressure in the title race.
And while United now look likely to finish second in the Premier League table, equal on points with City going into the last match of the season, Jones says he's done better than even he expected in his first season with the English giants.
"It's gone really well," he told the official United website. "If anyone had told me at the start of the season I would have made 40 appearances for Manchester United I would have snapped their hands off.
"It's incredible. I didn't expect it this season."
Jones had the extra advantage at United of moving into a side that played a similar style of football to his old team, and says that this, coupled with Ferguson's encouragement, has made him a much better player already.
"It was relatively easy to adjust because at Blackburn I always saw myself as a player who likes to get the ball down and play," he explained.
"That is what United love to do, get the ball down and play. The players have also helped me and made me feel so welcome.
"There is definitely an element of personal intimidation. You always raise the question to yourself. You wonder: 'Am I good enough to be here?' But the manager has shown faith in me.
"Perhaps I picked up a few injuries at the wrong time in the back end of the season. I couldn't really get my match fitness back. I was in and out of the team. But now I feel good, fit and fresh. Hopefully I can finish the season strongly."
United face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in their last game of the season, while City host struggling side QPR at home. While it would appear that the Citizens have the title in the bag, Rangers are currently fighting off relegation, and a draw will very likely be enough to keep them out of the bottom three.