'Wearing a jersey just because it's a big club isn't worth it' - Newcastle signing Gabriel Obertan explains Manchester United exit

The Frenchman admitted the lure of playing every week with the Toon was a big factor in joining but has many happy memories of his time at the Red Devils
Newcastle United winger Gabriel Obertan has revealed that getting regular first-team football was the main decision behind his move to Tyneside.

The former Manchester United player failed to cement his place in the starting line-up under Sir Alex Ferguson and only played 28 times in two years – finding the net once during that period.

Now the Frenchman is looking for a fresh start and believes the opportunity of regular first-team football at the St. James' Park will facilitate his needs.

"I needed to play football, I do this job because I love football," Obertan told BBC Newcastle.

"Wearing a jersey just because it's a big club is not worth it, I had to leave and Newcastle was the right choice for me."

Obertan indicated that despite the lack of first-team football at the Red Devils he still enjoyed his two-year stint at the club.

However, the 22-year-old did say that regularly having to turn out for the reserves meant there were some difficult times.

"I have good memories at Manchester United, we won the title last season, there was the Champions League final,”  Obertan continued.

"But it was difficult playing with the reserves, trying to stay fit, and I didn't get enough games."

The winger becomes manager Alan Pardew’s fifth summer signing, with Newcastle having already captured Senegalese striker Demba Ba and Obertan's compatriots Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid.