Richardson: I just want to play
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kieran Richardson is looking forward to playing on a regular basis after joining Sunderland.Kieran Richardson is looking forward to playing on a regular basis after joining Sunderland from Manchester United.
The England international was very much on the fringes throughout his career at Old Trafford, as the likes of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo kept him out of the United side.
Richardson enjoyed a fruitful spell on loan at West Brom during the second half of the 2005 season and is aiming for similar success with The Black Cats.
Roy Keane paid United £5.5million for Richardson's services and the 22-year-old, who joined on a four-year deal, is confident he will prove his worth during a run in the Sunderland team.
"Everyone knows them (the United players), they are household names, they are great players. When you came in every day, you learnt so much from them," he said.
"But I wasn't playing on a regular basis. You would play one game and you would be out for, say, two weeks and come back in again, so it is hard to get yourself going.
"Here, now, I just want to play on a regular basis, and when you do that you get more confident and the best comes out of you.
"When I was at West Brom, I played 12 games on the bounce and I felt so confident in my ability and my game, and hopefully I can do the same here."
Meanwhile, Richardson is already seeing hints of Sir Alex Ferguson's management style in new boss Keane.
He added: "The gaffer has definitely learnt a lot from Sir Alex. Everyone knows Sir Alex is a great manager and he's got the utmost respect of the gaffer here.
"Being at Manchester United for such a long time, he is going to pick up some tips from Sir Alex. But I am sure he will do his own thing in his own way."