Alan Smith comments on leaving Leeds United for Manchester United

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Alan Smith has admitted going against his word to leave Leeds United to join Manchester United over a decade ago.

Former Premier League striker Alan Smith has admitted he went back on his word to Leeds United fans.

The 34-year-old was answering questions from FourFourTwo magazine readers and discussed the thorny issue of his 2004 exit.

Smith left Leeds after their relegation from the top flight, but it was his choice to sign for bitter rivals Manchester United which really stung.

The ex England international has admitted that fans of Leeds United were right to be upset with him.

He said: "I did say I'd never play for Manchester United. If I'd been a Leeds fan, I would have booed me as well."

The decision at the time was a shocker to both Leeds United and Manchester United fans. Supporters of the Red Devils were even unsure of him at first, but took to him thanks to his all action commitment in attack.

Injuries blighted his career at Old Trafford, and he was unable to become the prolific goalscorer they really needed. There was also experiment by Sir Alex Ferguson to convert him to become a central midfielder which served to limit his threat in front of goal, but it has been a position he has played in regularly since.

He was sold to Newcastle United, before eventually moving to MK Dons. The 34-year-old is currently playing for Notts County in League One.

With his spell at Manchester United long behind him, his years of service at Leeds United as a fan favourite are still somewhat tarnished by his exit. The question put to him really should have been, was it really worth it? 

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