Sunderland's David Meyler will not allow an eight-month injury lay-off to impact upon his combative playing style.
The Irishman's substitute appearance at Manchester United was his third since recovering from his most recent serious knee problem.
The 22-year-old has played just eight times since the end of the 2009/10 season, but there was little inhibition about an Old Trafford cameo which featured one crunching tackle on Wayne Rooney.
He told the Shields Gazette: "The way I play, I like to tackle so I don't really think about it when I'm on the field playing. It's just a normal thing for me.
"You go and tackle and that's it, you don't think about it. If you do and you start to pull out, that's when you can get injured. You have to go 100 per cent hard into a challenge.
"I'm obviously delighted to get more minutes under the belt because it's been a long 17 months for me.
"I'm all good, touch-wood, and working hard just to keep strengthening the knee."