Chris Smalling was delighted to return to the centre of Manchester United's defence in Bucharest on Tuesday.
Starting alongside skipper Nemanja Vidic in United's 2-0 Champions League triumph over Otelul Galati, Smalling played in his favourite position for only the second time this season.
His performances at right-back have been so impressive he was called up for England in last month's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales.
The 21-year-old however clearly views this as a temporary measure and has noted his desire to make the centre-half position his own.
"It was nice to be back in central defence," he said. "That is my favourite position and I want to play as many games as I can there.
"But if I can contribute in any way, I will just give of my best."
Smalling may get another opportunity in that role when the Romanian champions head to Old Trafford in a fortnight as Vidic will be suspended following his second-half dismissal for a foul on Gabriel Giurgiu.
Smalling was surprised with the decision of the German referee Felix Brych to show Vidic the red card.
"I didn't expect the red card but in Europe they are a lot more harsh," he said.
United had to rely on two Wayne Rooney penalties for an unconvincing victory although Smalling suspected Otelul were beginning struggle to handle the Red Devils' attacking threat.
"We had to be patient," he said. "We didn't create too many chances in the first half but we kept pressing and it paid off.
"Wayne and Javier were causing problems around the box. The opposition were starting to pick up yellow cards and we were penetrating close to goal."
United now move into second spot in Group C within two points of Benfica and are favourites to collect three points in their next game to move closer to the knockout phase.
Smalling continued: "That was a massive game and we play them at home next. If we can pick up another there points it will look a lot rosier."