Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he would have been tempted to make a move to bring Didier Drogba to Old Trafford, had the striker been keen to stay in England after leaving Chelsea.

Drogba signed for Shanghai Shenhua earlier this month after his Chelsea contract expired, having scored 157 goals in 341 games during eight glorious years at Stamford Bridge.

The 34-year-old, however, could have swapped London for Manchester if he had been interested in staying in the Premier League.

“The decision was his anyway and he said if he was going to leave Chelsea, he wouldn’t play for another club in England,” said Ferguson said during United's pre-season tour of China.

“So that answered the question. But I could’ve been [tempted to move for Drogba].”

Drogba will have the opportunity to show Ferguson what he missed out on when Shanghai Shenhua meet Manchester United in a friendly on Wednesday.

The Ivorian made his debut for his new employers on Sunday evening in a 1-1 draw with Guangzhou R&F, during which Drogba set up the equalising goal after coming off the bench.

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