Tunnicliffe told manutd.com: "On the other hand, they were good players playing in my position so one of us might have made it and another one might have not.
"So with them gone, it does open it up for me in a way but, obviously, I was close to them. We were midfield partners and good friends. I was sad to see Paul go and I do think he was a great player and could have made it here as well. But another door opens and it goes both ways."