AC Milan and France midfielder Jeremy Menez has sensationally revealed he rejected Sir Alex Ferguson’s advances to join Manchester United in the summer of 2010.
The 27-year-old, who has hit the ground running for the Italian giants following his summer move from Paris St Germain, revealed to Gazzetta dello Sport he was courted by the Scot back during his time with Roma, but declined due to his commitment to the club.
Vincenzo Montella ultimately saw the Frenchman depart after isolating him from the side, which paved the way for a silverware-laden time in Paris.
Ferguson was keen on Menez having just surrendered the Premier League title to Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea, a year on from losing Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
It was the summer Javier Hernandez and Chris Smalling joined, and despite missing out on the midfield ace still managed to recapture the title and reach the Champions League final, where they were ultimately beaten by Barcelona.
Portuguese winger Nani then hit top form and came closest to replicating his compatriot’s feats, finding the net 10 times in all competitions including the opener in the crucial league clash against Manchester City.
Menez’s attacking flair would of made him a welcome addition at Old Trafford during the Scot’s twilight years of the club, with Ferguson widely criticised for his decision to prise Ashley Young away from Aston Villa and his decision to stick with the struggling Antonio Valencia.
When it became clear that Menez would play only a small role under Montella at Roma, PSG came calling with their megabucks to lure him to the French capital.
His maiden season saw them finish second to surprise package Montpellier, who romped to the title by amassing 82 points from their 38 games.
However, in Ancelotti’s first season in the capital, they waltzed to the title with Menez scoring eight times alongside fellow attacking starlets Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Yet as the Italian departed for Spanish giants Real Madrid, Laurent Blanc’s arrival signalled the end of his time as an indispensable member of the team, with the arrival of Edinson Cavani pushing him further down the pecking order.
And with his contract in need of renewal, Milan made their move and snapped the player up on a free transfer earlier this summer.
Menez is now a vital clog of the Milan machine and will be hoping to spearhead their bid for a first league title since 2011.
He, alongside the likes of Fernando Torres and Stephan El Shaarawy, will form a potent looking attacking arsenal at Filippo Inzaghi’s disposal.
Meanwhile few tears will be shed at Manchester over the failure to snare the Frenchman, with the arrivals of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao boosting the current crop Louis Van Gaal has at his disposal.