Spector told the New York Times: “I had got some games with United my first season, but then it kind of came to a point for me that I decided I didn’t want to sit around.
“They spent a lot of money on a lot of guys who play my position. I wanted to go on loan, but after last season I had every intention of going back to Man U. They even offered me a new contract. But I felt it was time to move on.
“It wasn’t that I felt unwanted at Man U. I just couldn’t go back to sitting on the bench. Sir Alex understood that I wanted to play; he has always been up front with me and said that I still had a future at the club.”