Tim Howard: I didn't care if Manchester United won when playing for them

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has spoken about how much his attitude has changed since leaving Manchester United.

Former Manchester United stopper Tim Howard says that he didn't care about the side's results during his spell at Old Trafford. 

Howard represented United between the years of 2003 and 2007, but because he was never a guaranteed starter in that time he says that his own performances meant more to him the the team's result.

The experienced American admitted that he was more determined to force his way into the team than he was to help the side to the three points. 

"When you go back into the team, you don't care about the team's results," he writes in his new book 'The Keeper'. "You just don't want to make another mistake. You kick balls into the stands, you make sure everything is clean. You don't care about helping the team win. A by-product of playing well is the team winning."

"But when you are the only focus on the field? That is terrible for a goalkeeper. That's what happened at United. I was out, Roy [Carroll] was in. Roy was out, I was in. I didn't care if United won. I cared if I played well. I didn't want to be back on the bench."

Since departing the Red Devils, Howard's selfish attitude has changed considerably due to the result of becoming a permanent fixture in Everton's squad.

During his four years with United, Howard made just 45 appearances, but he has monopolised the number one shirt at Everton ever since signing. 

The 35-year-old has played 313 times for the Toffees and his sole focus at Goodison Park has been on helping his team pick up results. 

"When someone has that faith, you can go back to trying to help the team win and you are not so worried about, 'What if I miss a cross or mis-kick a ball," he said. "You don't become worried about that any more."

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