Former Barcelona midfielder Jordi Cruyff has insisted that he does not feel ashamed that he did not get more playing time during his stay at Manchester United, but admitted he probably left Camp Nou a year too early.


Son of the legendary Johan Cruyff, Jordi started his career at Barcelona but was only there in the first team squad for two seasons. He moved to Manchester United but was unable to hold down a place in the first team there either, mainly due to injuries.


However, Cryuff has insisted that he did not feel ashamed about not getting more playing time at Old Trafford as there were great players like Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs ahead of him.



"When you take a step like going to Manchester United you need to be mature enough, and I was probably one year short of that," he told BBC Sport. "I fell from one injury to another and I could never really get a run and show the manager he could count on me. When Ryan Giggs was injured, I was always injured - and that's my fault. As a coach, you want players who are ready when you need them. I see that now myself.


"But with the injuries, I could never catch that train and have a stable season. When I look back at that team - Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, and then the likes of Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Andrew Cole - not to have played much is nothing to be ashamed of."


Cryuff moved back to Spain and played for the likes of Deportivo Alaves and Valencia, but will look back at what might have been if he had not been injured so often.