Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel has admitted that he rejected Manchester United to join the German giants.

The Belgium international moved to the Bundesliga outfit last summer and has confessed that the Red Devils were one of the teams to make an approach for him.

“Michael Zorc made contact first, followed by Lucien Favre,” the reported United target Witsel told Spox.

“I had other offers, I could have gone to Paris or Manchester, but I had the feeling that I was Dortmund’s primary target and it’s important to have a good feeling when you go to a new club.

“After talks with Zorc, Favre and Hans-Joachim Watzke, I made my decision.

“Dortmund is a top club and I really wanted to join a top club, because at 29 it was perhaps my last chance.”

United have had issues in the heart of their midfield, with successive managers trying to get the best out of Paul Pogba by changing formations and tactics.

Looking at the club’s current options, the Old Trafford outfit could certainly use someone of Witsel’s ability and experience in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

Ander Herrera left United to join PSG in the summer and has not been replaced, with Nemanja Matic having injury concerns also.

Solskjaer has looked to trust some of the Red Devils’ rising stars in midfield, with the likes of Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira getting chances to play.

United have started the new season well with four points from games against Chelsea and Wolves, with a new-look fresh approach paying dividends.

Solskjaer’s Red Devils will face up against Crystal Palace this weekend and look to continue their bright start to the 2019-20 campaign.



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