Manchester United made an audacious approach to tempt Arsene Wenger to Old Trafford back in 2002, according to The Daily Star.

The distinguished French coach has been in charge at the North London club for 20 years and will go down as arguably the best manager in the Gunners’ history.

However, it all could have been so different if Wenger had opted to move to Premier League rivals United back when Sir Alex Ferguson was first considering retiring.

The latest report suggests that the Red Devils were keen to have the former Monaco and Grampus Eight trainer as the famous Scotsman’s replacement and made a tentative approach to the Arsenal boss in 2002.

At this time Ferguson was considering walking away from the game but later made a u-turn and opted to continue in the Old Trafford hotseat.

It is believed that Wenger rejected the advances of United to stay with Arsenal – and the rest is history.

The veteran trainer has also revealed in the past couple of weeks that he has had the chance to move to Paris Saint-Germain but decided to stay true to his current employers.

Wenger has been one of the names most commonly linked with the vacant England manager’s role, with talk that 2016-17 could be his last season in charge at the Emirates Stadium.


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