Former Liverpool and Manchester City star Craig Bellamy has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson met with his agent over a potential move to Manchester United in 2002, reports the Daily Mail.
The former Wales international, who retired from the game at the end of last season, has admitted that a knee problem scuppered his chance of moving to Old Trafford, so it wouldn't have been right to secure the move to the club.
Speaking to the Mail, Bellamy said: "Fergie met with my agent in 2002 and said: "Can you get him out of Newcastle?"
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"The honest truth is my knee. I had just had an operation. I knew that if I went to Man United I would have to hit the ground running and with my knee that would have been impossible.
"I did think that maybe I should just go and deal with it then.
"Just get there... but I would have got caught out at United and that would have been terrible.
"I have to live with myself and sometimes that hasn't been easy. But I had to be honest with myself so I was."
Ultimately Bellamy stayed at St James' Park, but moved around a great deal before eventually retiring at boyhood club Cardiff City last summer.
Man United job will be LVG's last
Louis van Gaal has revealed that the job at Manchester United will be his last in football. Speaking to The Telegraph, the Dutchman has insisted that he will look to spend time with his family once his tenure on English soil comes to an end.
“I am also old. This is my last job. For sure," he said.
"I have to pay attention to my kids, my grandchildren but also to my wife. They deserve it. Now I cannot pay that attention. I was not at the birthday of my grandson for example. I don’t like it.”
No one can handle Fellaini
United winger Ashley Young has insisted that no one can handle Marouane Fellaini as the Red Devils prepare for this weekend's crunch showdown with rivals Liverpool.
"He has been very important for us," reflected Young in an interview with Sky Sports. "He has been in the team and when he is in the box, I'm not sure many teams can handle him.
Both Fellaini and Young are expected to start for the Old Trafford outfit on Merseyside this weekend, and fans will be hoping that they produce the goods for the side in the huge battle for Champions League qualification.
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