Manchester United’s wildly successful manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he was offered a position as Arsenal manager before agreeing to head to Old Trafford.
In the match day program for Rangers game against Dundee United, in which Walter Smith finished up with the Scottish giants as manager, Ferguson revealed that Smith and himself were considering an offer which could have completely changed the landscape of English football.
"I was offered the Arsenal job and I wanted to take Walter with me,” Ferguson said.
"I thought I would sound him out when we were on Scotland duty together.
“We were going to play in Israel and I didn't know that Walter was going to Rangers at that time.
"I told him that I had been offered the chance to go to Arsenal and I asked him what he thought. He was positive about it, saying they were a big club and that kind of thing.
"So I said to him 'Do you fancy coming with me?' Then he dropped the bombshell that he was going to Rangers.”
While Ferguson was seriously considering making a move to Arsenal, timing became an issue, and the legendary manager couldn’t commit to the offer.
"The thing about the Arsenal offer was that they wanted an answer right away but I couldn't give them one because I was going to the World Cup in Mexico with Scotland,” Ferguson said.
"So the Arsenal thing fell by the wayside. Walter went to Rangers and then later that year I went to Manchester United. "
Ferguson has amassed quite the trophy cabinet at Manchester United, with 11 Premier League titles (soon to be made 12), five FA Cup trophies and four league cup victories.
While Manchester United have achieved this feat with a much larger transfer budget than Arsenal, a large part of the club’s success has been put down to the trust the administration has had in Ferguson to scout and buy and sell players.