Peter Schmeichel regrets making the “rash decision” to leave Manchester United after they won the Treble.
Schmeichel departed Manchester United in the immediate aftermath of their greatest success in 1999, having spent eight years as one of the country’s leading goalkeepers.
He moved to Sporting in Portugal before joining Aston Villa and Manchester City, where he retired in 2003.
Schmeichel, who saved a late Dennis Bergkamp penalty in the FA Cup semi-final en-route to the Treble, cited a desire for a slower pace as one of the reasons for his departure, but admits he could have stayed.
“I was run down, I was mentally tired. We were in every championship with Denmark every two years and your holiday goes and you’re straight back in,” Schmeichel told the UTD Podcast.
“I came from the World Cup having played a full season and [went straight] into next season. I didn’t have a break. I was so tired mentally, I couldn’t face another season.
“We had a conversation after the Champions League final and I was like ‘no, I’ve made my decision’.
“Looking back, it could have been a rash decision in a way. The manager could have asked me ‘are you sure?’ He never did, he just accepted it.”