Peter Schmeichel opens up on his biggest regret from his time at Manchester United

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Peter Schmeichel says his biggest regret from his time at Manchester United was leaving the club too soon.

The legendary Red Devils goalkeeper spent eight seasons at Old Trafford, where he won five Premier League trophies.

In his final season in 1999 the Dane won the Champions League for the first and only time in his career as the Red Devils achieved an historic treble.

But the dramatic European final victory over Bayern Munich was Schmeichel's last match in a Manchester United shirt, with the shot-stopper completing a move to Sporting Lisbon in that summer transfer window.

Peter Schmeichel says his biggest regret was leaving Manchester United too soon
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Reflecting on his career in football, Schmeichel admitted he left United too soon and that he should have remained at Old Trafford for a few more seasons.

"It's over 20 years ago now and during that period of time you go through a lot of phases," he told talkSPORT. "First of all I went through retirement from football, then it was nice not to go in for a while and before you know you start to miss it all a bit.

"As you become further and further away from football your thinking process becomes better. I could have possibly played on for many more years [at Man United] had I cut back a little bit on the pride and spoken to the manager about it – but I didn't.

Schmeichel celebrates winning the Champions League with his team-mates
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"I was too proud of my position at the club. When you get to your mid-50s you look back and have a better understanding of things.

"That was a young man's head making that decision, I admit I probably should have held out. It's not a regret as such, but it is a regret at the same time if you get what I mean.

"I loved the football club so much, why would I want to leave? But I was so worn out at the time so it would have taken something very extraordinary for me to change my mind."

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