5 world class players who rejected Manchester United

  • These 5 players surprisingly passed up the opportunity to play at Manchester United
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Modified 30 Mar 2017, 17:44 IST

Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and it is hard for any footballer to reject a chance to play in a historic club like United. However, there have been some truly world class footballers who have rejected the opportunity to ply their trade at Old Trafford.

All the footballers on this list have gone on to achieve great things in their career. 2 of these players on this list are currently playing at Real Madrid, while the other 3 are true legends of the sport. Without much ado, let us take a look at 5 world class players who rejected Manchester United:

#5 Alan Shearer

One of the best if not the best striker in Premier League history, Alan Shearer rejected Manchester United to join Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn Rovers side in 1992. The then Southampton striker was already hot property, and United were said to be extremely interested in signing the prolific striker.

In an earlier interview with FourFourTwo, Shearer revealed why he rejected Manchester United:

“There was interest from Manchester United, but I was told I had to wait three or four weeks for them to get the money together. I felt if they really wanted me then they would come and get me immediately,” he said.

Also read: Alan Shearer - One of the best strikers in the Premier League

"I had already spoken to Blackburn and told Kenny Dalglish, Ray Harford and Jack Walker that I would give them an answer in three of four days – and my answer was yes.” The legendary striker had a more than decent career at Ewood park even guiding Balckburn to the Premier League title in 1994/95 season.

United once again rekindled their interest in Shearer when he decided to leave Blackburn, but he opted for a £15 million move to hometown club Newcastle United. Manchester United and Alan Shearer were just not meant to be together.

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