Burkina Faso international Alain Traore has revealed he was close to joining Manchester United.
The African ace was tracked by a number of clubs a few years ago, and was offered a trial by Manchester United scouts who watched him in the U17 World Cup.
"The agent who worked for Manchester United in Africa invited me for a trial in England," Traore told France Football.
"I should have been there for a week, but I ended up staying for a month.
"Alex Ferguson wanted me to stay longer but he had difficulties getting paperwork in place. He wanted to sign me and loan me to Belgium."
Traore instead joined Ligue 1 outfit Auxerre, although has made limited appearances for the side during his six years at the Stade Veledrome after missing out on the Manchester United move.
A loan spell at Stade Brest 29 showed glimpses of the player's potential, although he's struggled to fulfill the potential he showed as a teenager.
Manchester United aren't thought to be interested in the player anymore though, and Traore appears to have lost his chance to play for the Red Devils at Old Trafford.
Eric Djemba-Djemba and Quinton Fortune have proved that Ferguson is willing to gamble on players from Africa at Old Trafford, although both players had limited success with Manchester United.
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