Oliver Kahn says he rejected chance to join Manchester United

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Oliver Kahn has revealed he turned down the chance to sign for Manchester United whilst in the dawn of his career and claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson still hasn't forgiven him.

Kahn said he rejected a 'serious offer' from Old Trafford back in 1994, instead opting to join Bayern Munich. He would stay in Bavaria for the remainder of his career, carving his name into the history books across 14 seasons before hanging up his gloves in 2008.

Kahn told Fanbookz: "Alex Ferguson has never forgotten that. "He still holds that against me to this day."


Had he joined Manchester United, history for both himself and the Red Devils would have been so different. Kahn would have had to compete with the great Peter Schmeichel for a place in Ferguson's side.

The Dane is himself a legend at Manchester United and competed against Kahn at opposite ends of the pitch during the 1999 Champions League final. Manchester United would famously seal a 2-1 win in injury time but Kahn would have to wait only two years to get his hands of the famous trophy.

Never say no

Even so, turning down Ferguson is considered a fatal error by Schmeichel's reckoning, who is not surprised to hear the Scotsman is still upset with Kahn over the incident.

"You never say no to Sir Alex,' the Dane said on the same programme.

"It would have been a good experience for Kahn (at United)."

Close call

Having been in charge at Old Trafford for over 27-years, it's only natural for stories to emerge about all the big names Ferguson nearly brought to Manchester United.

Amongst them is another world-class goalkeeper in Petr Cech, who was given the chance to bring the then-19-year-old to the club ahead of Chelsea. However, Ferguson later admitted that Cech was "too young" to make such a big move. Oh dear...

Most famously, Ronaldinho came ever so close to signing for Manchester United from Paris Saint-Germain before those pesky Barcelona kids came swooping in with their 100,000-seater stadium and blueprint for global domination.

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