France star Jeremy Menez has revealed that he rejected the chance to come a Manchester United player under Sir Alex Ferguson, and shed light on the reason why.
In quotes released by French newspaper L’Equipe, relayed by Le 10 Sport, the AC Milan winger, who joined from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, has confirmed that he was indeed approached by the Red Devils former manager, but declined his offer of moving to Old Trafford.
It’s not the first time Menez has made such a statement with him confirming back in September that had things gone differently a few years ago, he could have been a United player now. His latest comments however go as far as to explain exactly why he snubbed arguably the greatest Premier League manager of all time.
‘“I refused the offer to join Alex Ferguson at Manchester United because I felt it was too soon and because I wanted to start with my first club,” the 27-year-old said.
‘“I refused the offer to join Alex Ferguson at Manchester United because I felt it was too soon and because I wanted to start with my first club,”
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Though the quotes in question don’t clarify a specific time it’s to be assumed that by referencing his first club Menez claims the rejection happened around a decade ago. At the time he would have been playing for French outfit Sochaux, where he was based for the first two years of his career before earning a move to Monaco.
From there he earned a switch to Serie A giants AS Roma, before impressing enough to earn a transfer back to France in the form of mega-rich Paris Saint-Germain following their lucrative takeover. However all was not well in Paris, and though he was a regular under Carlo Ancelotti during the Italian’s reign, he was quickly frozen out when Laurent Blanc took control.
Potential to grow
As such Menez has yet to achieve the sort of success his lofty potential promised when he was initially making his name in the game. It’s a notion that he himself has admitted, and his delivery drops more than just a subtle hint of regret at his decision to spurn a big move to United when he had the chance.
“All this has been carefully considered. At twenty-seven years, I still have to win titles and I want to show my potential. This has not been the case."
Given United’s difficulties in finding top class wingers in recent times it makes sense to assume that they would push harder to land Menez if they had the ability to go back in time. Though traditionally the Red Devils have never been short of world-class wide-men - see the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo - they’ve also had their fair share of duds.
Players such as Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are just two examples of under-achieving wingers currently in the squad, and there’s probably plenty fans would give to see a natural talent such as Menez in Manchester instead.