Luis Suarez admits Daniel Sturridge dived to win penalty against Man United in 2014

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One of the most surprising transfer rumours to emerge this week linked Luis Suarez with a shock move to Manchester United.

Of course, this speculation has been quickly shut down by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, although we doubt anyone had seriously considered the possibility of Suarez joining a team where he isn't exactly popular.

Just playing for Liverpool made the Uruguayan a target for Man United hatred, however, the racial abuse saga involving Patrice Evra from 2011 ensured he would become public enemy No.1 for the rest of his time in the Premier League.

But even now he terrorises defences in Spain alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar, the 29-year-old has still found the opportunity to take a dig at his old rivals in his new autobiography.

In a passage discussing one particular game at Old Trafford in 2014 - which Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners in - Suarez has surprisingly admitted his teammate Daniel Sturridge dived to win one of the away side's three penalties on the day.

Suarez - who is no stranger to bending the rules himself - wrote that he only realised after the game that there hadn't been any contact between Sturridge and Nemanja Vidic for the third penalty.

Steven Gerrard couldn't convert the subsequent spot kick but the damage had already been done as Vidic received his marching orders for a second yellow card.

“I must admit, I never thought I would see three penalties given against Manchester United at Old Trafford," Suarez wrote, as per The Sun.

“I certainly didn’t think we would get the one given to Daniel Sturridge.

“He threw himself down. But then it was such a good dive that even I thought it was a penalty.

“I saw it and thought: ‘Penalty’.

“But then I also saw how annoyed Nemanja Vidic was, which made me think that perhaps it wasn’t a foul.

“When I saw the replay, I realised that Daniel was about a metre away from Vidic."

The Barcelona star was well aware of his unpopular status at Old Trafford and also revealed the joke he shared with Sturridge after learning what had actually happened.

He added: "I said to Daniel later, 'Can you imagine what would have happened if that had been me?'

"He said, 'I felt him touch me', and started laughing."

Since leaving Anfield later that summer, the Uruguayan international has established himself as one of the deadliest strikers in the world, winning two La Ligas, two Copa del Reys and even a Champions League along the way.

And we think it is pretty safe to assume the chances of Suarez ever donning the kit of Man United are slim - at best.

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