John O’Shea says the time was right to leave Manchester United for Sunderland.
The defender signed a deal with the Black Cats in July for four years, and has so far had a decent start with his new club.
And O’Shea said that while it was hard to leave Manchester United, he is happy at Sunderland.
"I had been at United my whole career and I had always said the manager would decide when my time was up at Old Trafford,” O’Shea said.
"He just spoke to me about maybe he wouldn't be able to promise me as many games as he had done in the seasons gone by.
"I had just turned 30 as well, so it was time to get playing week in and week out and come to a fantastic club like Sunderland, so all the ingredients felt right."
The former United man, who made 256 appearances for the English giants, is pleased to now be getting getting regular starts, something which Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t offer him.