German goalkeeping legend Oliver Kahn admits he was close to agreeing a move to Manchester United during his playing career.
The 86-cap international was regarded as one of the greatest keepers of his generation, joining Bayern Munich from Karlsruher in 1994 and spending 14 years with the Bundesliga giants.
In that time, he won eight domestic titles, a UEFA Cup and a Champions League, but it turns out he could have left the club where he made his name for the Premier League.
Indeed, Kahn claims he ‘alienated’ Sir Alex Ferguson when he was pursuing his signature, despite coming close to a Manchester United move.
“I think I alienated Sir Alex Ferguson a bit, I was very close to agreeing to join (Manchester United),” he told Kicker magazine.
Bayern convinced their number one to reject better offers elsewhere, he claimed, with the decision made to stay in Germany and help Bayern sculpt their squad for the future.
The Red Devils, meanwhile, had problems between the sticks after Peter Schmeichel called time on his career at Old Trafford in 1999.
Ferguson fielded 10 different goalkeepers before the arrival of Edwin Van der Sar in 2005, with Massimo Taibi and Mark Bosnich two of those to struggle under the Dane’s shadow at Manchester United.