Arsene Wenger has revealed why he turned down the chance to manage Manchester United when he was offered the role in 2001 (via The Guardian).
There was a lot of surprise from people when it was revealed that Arsene Wenger was offered the Manchester United job back in 2001.
Sir Alex Ferguson was reportedly ready to retire at the time and the decision was so far along that his club had begun looking at replacements for the great Scot.
Arsene Wenger was at the top of former chairman Martin Edwards’ list as he has revealed in his new book. Now, Wenger has revealed why he turned down United and decided to stay at Arsenal.
“Because I love the values of this club and, for me, a club is about values first,” Wenger said. “One day it would be a good chat to have with the press to look at the evolution.
“You speak about Manchester United, and the evolution in the last 20 years would be very interesting. A lot has changed but when I came here this club was about values that I love in sport. That is why I am still in the competition.
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“So I always question myself. Yes, of course, Manchester United is attractive but am I happy here? The answer was yes.”
It’s funny to think what would have happened had Arsene Wenger decided to swap North London for Manchester back in 2001. Would United have had such success in the decade which followed? Would Arsenal be in the position they are now? It’s impossible to say but it sure would have been interesting.