Danny Simpson believes he will learn more from fleeting appearances for Manchester United than the regular football a loan move could offer.
The young full-back survived the cull of emerging players who were offered the opportunity to temporarily further their careers elsewhere in the wake of United's shock home Carling Cup defeat to Coventry.
Simpson, who spent spells with Royal Antwerp and Sunderland last season, has since gone on to make his Premier League and Champions League debuts after appearing from the bench against Wigan and Dynamo Kiev.
And with Paul Scholes and Patrice Evra adding to Sir Alex Ferguson's injury woes in midweek, Simpson is relishing the chance to make his mark.
He said: "A minute playing for United is worth 10 anywhere else.
"The experience I am gaining now will go a long way to helping me in the future.
"I feel really good at the moment. The manager knows I am there if he needs me and I am chuffed to bits at the fact he is using me.
"I can't quite believe what is happening at the moment. I just seem to be walking around with a big smile on my face all the time."
And Simpson insists the defeat to the Sky Blues provided excellent experience of how to handle disappointments at the highest level.
He said: "After the Coventry game, I was worried and disappointed just like everyone else.
"I did have a chat with the manager but he has shown a lot of faith in me, which is a big boost for my confidence.
"Everyone suffers disappointments. It is part of football. The best thing to do was get over it quickly, keep working hard and then see what develops from there.
"You have to forget about these things. If you dwell on them, it just means your next performance will probably be poor as well, which is the last thing you need.
"It is better to get it out of your system, so the day after the game was the last day I spent worrying about it."