Michael Carrick claims he never feared that he had fallen foul of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The midfielder has only started two league matches this season but played a match-winning role in Wednesday's Champions League success over Wolfsburg.
Ferguson believes Carrick often starts the season slowly and the England midfielder insists he trusts his manager's judgement.
The 28-year-old said: "Just because you sit out one or two games doesn't mean he's fallen out with you - it's just a case of looking at the long haul and making sure everyone is fresh throughout the season.
"You can get a little bit frustrated but you trust the manager. Of course I want to play every game but it's a long season and you have got to patient.
"Look around the squad at the quality we have and no one is going to play every week. I've been here long enough that I know how things work.
"I have been in and out but that's just how it is, everyone is going to be the same.
"We trust the manager and the teams he picks and it works. As long as we are successful at the end of the season everyone's happy."
Victory against Sunderland at Old Trafford tomorrow should keep United top of the table going into the international break, and Ryan Giggs believes that could be key at this point in the title race.
"We want to go into that with a win under our belt and make sure that we stay top of the league over the international break," said Giggs.
"If we put in a good performance against Sunderland that's what will happen - it's at home and it will be a tough game like every game in the Premiership but if we play like we did against Wolfsburg we should be okay."
Meanwhile, Ferguson has promised to restore Ben Foster to United's goalkeeping berth on Saturday despite Poland international Tomasz Kuszczak playing against Wolfsburg.
"It was a good opportunity for us to play Tomasz but Ben will play on Saturday," said Ferguson.Reuse content