While taking charge of Arsenal, Arsène Wenger was a fierce competitor to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United, and he was offered a job at several major clubs, And it was led by Real Madrid and Barcelona.
French coach Arsene Wenger, the legendary coach of Arsenal, revealed seven clubs that had asked to sign him, and they were led by Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester United.
The Frenchman left North London in 2018, ending his 22-year stint at the club as he won three Premier League
and FA Cup titles on seven separate occasions.
While at Arsenal at the helm, the 70-year-old was a fierce competitor to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United,
with the two clubs regularly competing for titles of honor in the late 1990s and early 1900s.
Wenger has been unemployed since leaving the Emirates Stadium two years ago and is contemplating his next move after an impressive spell with Arsenal.
Wenger revealed that he was offered the opportunity to make a controversial transfer from Arsenal to Old Trafford,
but he refused to specify the moment when he was offered to United.
He confirmed to “The Times”
and Wenger said that he had also been offered a job in Paris Saint-Germain “several times”.
After being asked if he had been offered a managerial job at United, Wenger said:
“Yes, but he said I don’t tell you that when he was asked when the offer was made.”
“But I can tell you that Man United offered me the job,” he added.
The club reportedly approached Wenger during the 2000-2001 season, when Ferguson was reportedly contemplating retirement.
Former United President Martin Edwards and Executive Vice President Peter Kenyon reportedly held talks with Wenger before Ferguson took a dramatic turn, continuing for another 12 years.
“We have a lot of respect for each other now,” Wenger said of his relationship with former arch-rival Ferguson.
“We went through a very difficult and very hot period.”
“After you are no longer competing, everyone becomes a little more objective,” he concluded.
“We had some good battles. He is a smart man. Don’t make a guy like this if you’re stupid. ”