Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson wanted him to stay at Old Trafford.

The veteran stopper, who is poised to start for Olympiakos against Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday night, spent four years with the Red Devils between 2001 and 2005.

And, whilst his time at Manchester United is likely to be remembered for the ‘goal that never was’ against Tottenham Hotspur, Carroll appreciated the effort from Ferguson to keep him at the club.

“Just before I left Manchester United, Sir Alex said, 'I don’t want you to go and I’ve got a four-year contract for you, waiting to be signed'. I appreciated that, but I was young and wanted to be playing every week,” the Northern Irishman told The Daily Mail.

“You end up banging your head against a wall if you dwell too long on what might have been, and I would never say I was sorry about taking that decision. There is a reason for everything, and that is the road my life went down. I’m glad it has taken me where I am now.”

Carroll faced competition from Fabian Barthez and Tim Howard during his time at Manchester United, and eventually opted to leave in search of first team football.

His search has now taken in six clubs however, with West Ham United, Rangers, Derby County, Odense, OFI Crete and Olympiakos all enjoying the 35-year-old’s services.

But, after moving to the Karaiskakis Stadium in the summer, Carroll is enjoying a return to Europe’s top table, and will be hoping to help his side cause an upset against the Gunners.

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