Central Coast Mariners’ McGlinchey does not regret Man Utd decision

Central Coast Mariners midfielder Michael McGlinchey says he does not rue his decision not to join Manchester United as a teenager.

The 26-year old New Zealand international joined Celtic as a 15-year old back in 2002 and could have signed a pro deal with United just a couple of years later.

However, McGlinchey admits that decision is one he certainly does not regret as he prepares to take on the Red Devils with the A-League All-Stars this Saturday.

"I've thought about it, don't get me wrong," said McGlinchey.

"But I try and live with no regrets. At the time I made the decision to stay at Celtic and I thought that would've been the best thing for my career.

"Obviously I learned a lot from being there and it's helped me in my career so far."

McGlinchey did train with United for a week and admitted it was a great learning curve for his career.

"I was very fortunate to go down there and see the way these sort of guys play, I definitely took a lot from that week," he added.

"I was only 15 at the time, so I was training with the 17s, 19s reserve team ... but a lot of them went and made careers out of it."
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