Man Utd wanted Arsene Wenger to replace Sir Alex Fergusonby Jack Kitson / 01 September 2017, 10:59Tweet
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger turned down the chance to replace his old foe Sir Alex Ferguson at Man Utd back in 2002, according to United’s former chairman Martin Edwards.
Ferguson was planning to draw the curtains on his Old Trafford career at the end of the 2001/02 campaign, forcing United to begin the search for a potential successor, with the club surprisingly setting their sights on luring Wenger over from their fierce rivals Arsenal.
The Frenchman was Edwards’ first choice for the job, and the parties even held a number of talks about a possible (shock) switch, but despite an initial intrigue in the proposition Wenger opted to remain loyal to the Gunners.
However, it didn’t matter anyway as Ferguson performed a u-turn and decided to stay with the Red Devils right through until the end of the 2012/13 season. It proved to be a wise decision as he went on to lead his troops to a further six Premier League titles, and both Champions League and FA Cup glory.
Wenger’s Arsenal ended up winning the Premier League that season (2001/02), finishing 10 points clear of United, however the club have since only triumphed in one of the subsequent 15 seasons, much to the despair of their fans.