Veron - I deserved criticism
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Veron has been one of Manchester United's star performers in the Champions League this year, and Roy Keane recently revealed that the Argentine star has been a big help in sharing the workload through midfield.
The former Lazio ace suffered a slip in form on his arrival at the club from Italy - failing to live up to his £28 million fee - and he was not surprised to be criticised.
"It is only natural that many people expected a lot from me. United paid a lot of money for me," conceded Veron to the News of the World.
"Some people may think they judged me too soon but they were right. I didn't play well and they expected more from me.
"The fans are entitled to their opinions.
"If I don't produce the goods, they are entitled to be critical and I know I failed them.
"Confidence may have been a thing for me but I think what was more important was the language barrier.
"It is difficult to appreciate what it is like to come into a group of players that has been together for a long time. Some have been friends since they were kids.
"However friendly they are, it is difficult to really integrate.
"This year, though, I have learned the language but, also, I know my team-mates a lot better.
"I feel part of the set-up and have got to know them - and that has helped.
"But I never for one moment thought that England was not for me.
"There were a series of circumstances that all came together.
"It made things a bit more difficult and I struggled to settle but those problems are out of the way now. I have settled and I am enjoying it.
"Some of the criticism last season did wind me up a bit.
"Football criticism is fine but when it starts getting personal that is what hurts me.
"People believe what they read in the papers. After Leverkusen, they said I stormed out, had a bust-up with my team-mates and had gone to Rome, which annoyed me.
"It has definitely helped that all the speculation has stopped about me going back to Italy. Now I can concentrate on my football."