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Peter Schmeichel Admits 'Regret' at Leaving Manchester United After Treble Win

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Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has expressed regret at letting his pride prevent him spending ‘many more years’ at the club, citing mental exhaustion as a key factor in his decision to leave.

“I could have possibly played on for many more years [at Manchester United] had I cut back a little bit on the pride and spoken to the manager about it – but I didn’t.” Speaking candidly about his United exit, Schmeichel admits he shouldn’t have left the club so soon after their ?Champions League win, but that he was ‘so worn out’ by the mental and physical strain of the 60 game season of a successful club, to the extent that he was always ‘surrounded by football or rehab’.

The former goalkeeper did conclude in a rather sanguine way after reflecting on his successes at the Manchester club, however.

“I loved the football club so much, why would I want to leave?

In an interview with ?talkSPORT, Schmeichel opened up about the mental challenges that face a footballer at the top of his game, as he details the difficulties of having ‘a young man’s head’ when playing for the world's best club side.

The Great Dane spent eight seasons between the sticks at Old Trafford, amassing nearly 400 appearances and ten major honours, but he left the Red Devils abruptly aged 35, cartwheeling to Sporting CP after captaining his side in the glorious 1999 Champions League final.

That was a young man’s head making that decision, I admit I probably should have held out.
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