Mehdi Benatia confirms Manchester United wanted to sign him

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Bayern Munich defender Mehdi Benatia has confirmed that he could have signed for Manchester United in the summer.

Speaking with Sky Sports’ presenter Jim White, who tweeted a photo of himself with the Morocco international on Saturday, Benatia admitted that he could have moved to Old Trafford instead of the Allianz Arena after leaving AS Roma - but insists he’s more than happy at Bayern Munich.

White posted on Twitter: “Medhi Benatia told me it could have been Man Utd but he's happy with life in Munich. Solid game against Leverkusen.”

Benatia happy at Bayern Munich

Benatia, who was arguably the best central defender anywhere in Europe last season, completed his £21 million move to Bayern Munich in late August, signing a five-year deal with the Bundesliga champions.

Manchester United were strongly linked with the 27-year-old, particularly after losing the services of both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, but Louis van Gaal failed to secure a world-class replacement for either of the two influential centre-backs.

Instead he signed Argentina international Marcos Rojo, who is arguably more comfortable at left-back than central defence, and has been forced to field several inexperienced youngsters over recent months including the likes of Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett.

Van Gaal will reportedly try to bolster United’s fragile defence in the January transfer window, but he missed his chance to sign the excellent Benatia several months back.

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