Luke Chadwick was never comfortable at Manchester United

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Luke Chadwick has admitted that he never felt truly comfortable player for Manchester United and was ultimately happy to leave.

The former starlet burst on to the scene at Old Trafford in the 2001/02 season, making several appearances in the Premier League and FA Cup. Many were tipping the forward to establish himself as a first team regular, but it never happened for him.

That may be in part down to the fact that the player himself, who admits he never believed he could make it as a Manchester United player.

He had broken into a team that had just won the treble and Chadwick himself admits he felt awkward sharing a dressing room with global stars like David Beckham and Paul Scholes.

He told BBC Sport: "It was a strange situation. When I signed for United I never dreamt I would play for the first team."

"I figured I'd be there a couple of years and end up somewhere else a bit lower down.
"It happened so quickly. I'm not sure I was 100% comfortable with it. It started to get less fun the higher you went up.

"When you're playing in the youth team with your mates you'd love going in all the time. But when things weren't going great you felt like the whole world was on your shoulders."

Chadwick admits he felt out of his depth from the moment he moved to Old Trafford and never expected to make it as a Manchester United player.

"From the moment I went there I don't think I truly believed I would be a regular Manchester United player," Chadwick said.

"I just wanted to play football. I didn't want the fame and stuff that came with it. And at the biggest club in the world you're never going to get away with that.

"In the end I think I was happy to get away from United. It's a fantastic club and I wouldn't say a bad word against it.

"But I don't think I was really cut out for it. I wouldn't have enjoyed staying there. You've got to be something special to play at the club for a long period of time."

A serious groin injury effectively ended his days at Manchester United before they had a chance to begin. He then enjoyed spells at West Ham, Stoke, Norwich City before eventually ending up at his hometown club Cambridge United.

Chadwick admits his problems with injuries throughout his career has been a huge source of frustration.

"It's tough, because when you're not in the team, you're still getting paid and the fans want to know why you're not playing - 99.9% of the time you'd do anything to play," he said.

"When you get one injury and then another straight after it gets to you. You start thinking 'what am I doing here? Should I do something else for a living?'

"When you're injury-free though you forget about it and think 'I'm unbreakable now'."

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