Former Manchester United player Bryan Robson has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson opted to sign Shiji Kagawa instead of Eden Hazard.
Hazard signed for Chelsea for a reported fee of £34m from Lille last summer to conclude the longest transfer saga of the window.
The Belgian international was an instant hit at Stamford Bridge and was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award as a results.
Kagawa signed for Manchester United in the same transfer window for half the price of Hazard but has since struggled to make an impact in the United team.
The winger had even been linked with a return to Borussia Dortmund after admitting he was struggling to settle at Old Trafford.
Now Robson has revealed that former manger Ferguson chose to sign Kagawa ahead of Hazard - a decision he believes will eventually prove to be the right decision.
He told the Express: “Hazard was a player Sir Alex and his staff were looking at last year, but they thought Kagawa was better than him and he could prove that this season."
Tonight's tie between Chelsea and Kagawa could see the two players meet in the midfield and Robson believes Hazard represents a serious threat for United.
“Hazard has great ability," he said. "He and [Juan] Mata have this knack of being able to drift in from the wing and into your box, which makes them difficult to pick up.
"Chelsea will be a threat to us because of Jose Mourinho’s record in the English game. I worry about them more than City.”