David May admits he went on 12-day bender and shared a bottle of champagne with a tramp after struggling to cope with his Manchester United exit.
The defender made 85 appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson but endured mental health issues after being released in 2003.
May suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon after United's treble-winning 1999 campaign which saw him head to Huddersfield on loan as he looked to continue his rehabilitation.
But an injury on his Terriers debut further dented his mental wellbeing before his struggle for fitness saw him axed which pushed May over the edge.
"I remember driving out of Carrington thinking that's it. What do I do now? I couldn't take it. I just thought that's me done," he told to the club's official Utd Podcast .
The two-time Premier League winner thought his United exit was the final nail in the coffin of his career with his 33rd birthday around the corner.
"I did (cry). I filled up thinking what do I do? My career is over, finished," he continued.
"I just went on a 12-day bender on my own in my apartment. We were celebrating (the league title win) but needed to go to bed so I got a bottle of Krug champagne and left (the party).
"This tramp was on a bench in the gardens so I walked over and started chatting. It must have been around one o'clock in the morning.
"Me and this tramp ended up drinking the bottle. I gave him the rest of the bottle and that was the start of my 12-day bender."
But upon realising he had to put an end to his alcohol-driven bender redemption soon found him.
He added: "(The 13th day?) I thought I can't continue to do this. I need to get home. What I'm doing is wrong.
"That was probably the depression that I needed to get out of myself and I did that by drinking.
"I went home, went on holiday, got a call from Burnley and went there for 12 months and then retired. So there you go."