The 28-year-old faces his old club at Turf Moor this weekend with few regrets about leaving the Red Devils, even though it meant he had to endure one of Sir Alex Ferguson's dressing downs.
"I spoke to the manager at the time. There was the option of a new deal, and I said from the outset that that was me done," Heaton said.
"I got the hairdryer on a couple of occasions. When I told Sir Alex I wasn't interested in a new contract, that didn't go down too well!
"In all fairness a few weeks later he had me back in the office and told me he respected my decision, wished me all the best and said he was always there for me, which was incredible for me to hear that after getting it in the ear a few weeks earlier.
"But I was ready to go and try new things, drop down and play some games. I felt the need to go and play, really."
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