Ex-Arsenal defender was close to signing for Manchester United 'a couple of times'
Sol Campbell admits he nearly signed for Manchester United instead of Arsenal
Ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell has revealed he came close to signing for Manchester United during his playing career.
The former England centre back, who controversially swapped White Hart Lane for Highbury back in 2001, admitted he came close to joining Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford ‘a couple of times’ during his playing career.
However, the 38-year-old held no regrets in joining the Gunners and not the Red Devils, believing he was part of one of the greatest squads in domestic history during his time under Arsene Wenger.
“I nearly did (join Manchester United), a couple of times,” he told The Voice newspaper.
“I had a phone call from Gary Neville, and I think Tottenham turned them down. If I pushed it then maybe something would have happened, but Tottenham turned them down at that stage.
“At the end of the day, I joined a team which had arguably one of the best squads in the world.”
Whilst Campbell hints that the move from Spurs to Arsenal was not well received, he admits he couldn’t turn down the chance to join a side that would eventually become ‘invincible’ during the 2003-04 season.
“Obviously we didn’t win the European cup, but squad-wise we were one of the best,” he added.
“So to join that and be in that environment, I couldn’t say no, really.”
Campbell also played one-game for Notts County during his career back in 2009, before a return to Arsenal on a short-term contract at the Emirates Stadium back in January 2010.
He also spent a season at Newcastle the following campaign, but was released the following year before calling time on his career in May 2012.