Former Manchester United forward Alan Smith has confirmed that he did say that he would never play for the club, reports the Manchester Evening News.
As a youngster at Leeds, the now Notts County man has insisted that he was naive and never expected the Red Devils to swoop for him or Leeds United to sell.
Ultimately the versatile ace spend three seasons at Old Trafford, securing both Premier League and League Cup success under the guidance of the club's legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
When asked if he previously insisted that he would never play for Manchester United, the striker said:“I did say that. I've also learned to never say never in football. When I said it I was young and naive and never thought that a) Man United would ever want me and b) Leeds would ever sell me. Look how silly I was.”
In fact Smith has revealed that he would have stayed at Leeds if they had remained in the Premier League, but their relegation ultimately ended the player's stint at the club.
“I would probably have never left if we hadn't gone down but Leeds were trying to sell me to the highest bidder. It was a free for all and I didn't like it."
There's no doubt about it, the risk certainly paid off for the player who is now well into the latter stages of his career.
Despite breaking his leg at Anfield during his stint at the club, the ex-England man proved quite the coup for the Red Devils. United fans will certainly have fond memories of his goal in the 7-1 demolition of Italian giants Roma.
And his versatility proved key for his success at the club as Ferguson opted to play him in the centre of the park on a number of occasions.
The transfer may well have taken everyone by surprise - himself included - but it ultimately proved successful.
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