He continued: “[The drinking was] like a binge, but normally that’s with a group of lads — this was a self-binge basically, which helps you forget things but when you come out of it, you are going back to work and it is still there, so it was doing more damage than good.
“It was just a build-up of everything, pressure of playing for your country, playing for Manchester United, the pressure of some of the stuff that came out about my personal life, just trying to deal with all that pressure which builds up.
“Growing up on a council estate, you would never actually go and speak to anyone. You would always find a way to deal with it yourself.
“It was trying to cope with it yourself rather than asking for help.”