No United regrets for Heaton

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Ahead of Sunday's meeting with boyhood club Manchester United, Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton has revealed that leaving Old Trafford was the best decision of his career.

Heaton spent 13 years at United, but by 2010 his path to the first team was blocked by Edwin Van der Sar, Ben Foster and Tomasz Kuszczak.

Then-Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson wanted him to remain at the club, but the youth product's mind had been made up and he wanted to leave.

"I can understand it from his point of view," Heaton told Sky Sports. "He [Ferguson] had me in his office to talk about a new contract, and obviously I'd decided it was time for next to go.

"He wasn't best pleased at that moment in time. I'd been there 13 years or so and I was walking out of the door on a free.

"The time and effort they'd put in, I could understand it, but as ever, I've got so much respect for him."

Since leaving the Red Devils, the 31-year-old has built a name for himself as one of the best keepers in the Premier League, and has also become an England international.

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