Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has admitted that he thought he was not good to play for the club after enduring a difficult start to his Old Trafford career.
The Serbian struggled at first following his January 2006 transfer to United but this term his central defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand has helped the club clinch the Premiership title.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side can secure a notable Double if they beat Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup Final at Wembley, but Vidic feared injury would rule him out of the game.
He missed the whole of April after fracturing his collarbone but is now raring to go, telling United's official website: "After I got my injury I was a bit scared that I would miss the most important games of the season.
"But I did my best to get myself fit as soon as possible and I'm happy to be back.
"Games like Saturday's are the kind that you work so hard for in training every day - matches against big teams and big players on the biggest stage.
"I'm excited to be playing at the new Wembley and it'll be great to be involved in a game that will go down in history. I just hope at the end of the 90 minutes we will have the trophy and the Double.
"We've had a good season but it's not just down to me and Rio. The rest of the defence has helped us, as have the whole team - we defend as a team and attack as a team.
"My first couple of months at United were tough and last summer and I did worry that I might not make it here.
"I wouldn't say I was scared, but I lost a bit of confidence. When that happens you start to miss passes that you've never missed before, things like that. It's therefore important to be mentally strong at a big club like Manchester United."