Arsene Wenger has insisted he was never tempted by the offer to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at the start of the 2002-03 season.
According to former United chairman Martin Edwards, the Frenchman, who at the time had just lifted the Premier League title with Arsenal was wanted at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex was expected to retire at the end of the 2001/2002 season. In his autobiography, Edwards claims that Wenger was first choice to replace the Scot.
‘Our first choice was Arsene,’ he said in his forthcoming book Red Glory: Manchester United and Me.
‘We thought he was the best candidate to replace Alex. Certainly he was my number one choice.
‘So we made our approach and Wenger did show a little bit of interest, enough to want to meet (chief executive) Peter Kenyon and me at his house in London to listen to what we had to say.’
When asked about the offer, Arsene Wenger said he was never tempted by a move to Old Trafford.
Manchester United fans have taken to Twitter to mock the Arsenal manager who has failed to win the Premier League for over a decade.
Thank God Wenger rejected the chance to replace Sir Alex Ferguson… we could all be depressed now
— Lloyd Ayago (@IamAyagoLloyd) September 11, 2017
Arsene Wenger rejected United because he'd actually be under pressure to win something. Arsenal board have no spine
Wenger turned down man utd?
Who the hell went to look for wenger in the first place?
I want his head
— Desmond (@Desmond_Tella) September 11, 2017
Now Wenger says he almost joined Man Utd. This dude has no shame dwelling on past tenses "i almost ".
— Philip Hornsby-Odoi (@Brand_Hornsby) September 11, 2017