Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has admitted that he regrets joining Chelsea instead of Manchester United.
Petit spent time at Arsenal and then Barcelona between 1997 and 2001 but chose to move to Chelsea upon his return to England.
A number of niggling injuries meant the Frenchman was forced to retire in 2005.
“I made a lifestyle choice to the detriment of the sporting choice,” Petit said.
“And on the rare occasions that I’ve made that choice, I’ve got it wrong. It was the same thing when I left Barcelona to go back to Chelsea.
“I gave priority to the social life in London when [Sir Alex] Ferguson expected me to sign for Manchester United.
“My wife didn’t want to go to Manchester. I’m really annoyed at myself — I should have insisted upon my decision.”
Petit was a superb player at Arsenal but he became injury prone when he left Arsene Wenger’s side. Perhaps it is for the best that he didn’t join United as he would have spent more time on the sidelines than on the pitch.