“Number 1 is now uncertain at Real Madrid.”
1NEWS – According to a report from the Mirror, England captain Harry Kane has reportedly refused to move to Manchester United this summer. But he will not be the first top-flight player to turn down a transfer to Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Ferguson left Man United having established himself as one of the greatest managers of all time. Fergie won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues in 26 years, and the club has seen a slump since then.
Man United have struggled since his departure, and a number of managers have failed to bring back glory despite spending a fortune, or the five years since they last lifted the trophy.
Their transfer activities are also often criticized, because despite spending a lot of money on new arrivals, most of the players have been disappointing.
Old Trafford was once a destination for many world-class players to appear in the Premier League, but a lack of success and mismanagement have seen some top players refuse to move to Man United in favor of better offers in recent years.
We have selected nine players who have chosen not to join the Red Devils since Ferguson left the club in the summer of 2013.
#1 Gareth Bale
When Gareth Bale was about to leave Tottenham in 2013, there was only one goal he would aim for, and that was Real Madrid.
However, that has not stopped interest from other coaches looking to sign him. Upon arrival at the club, David Moyes wanted the Welsh superstar to be his first signing.
Man United offered more money than Real Madrid, but the temptation to play with compatriot Ryan Giggs was not enough to convince Bale, and he made a world-record transfer when he moved to the Santiago Bernabeu.
“I want Gareth Bale to be my first signing at Manchester United. But, it went downhill a bit with Real Madrid. I tried to hijack it. I’m trying to get it,” Moyes said in 2020.
“Manchester United offered more money than Real Madrid. They offer players more money.”
“We did everything we could to try and get that player,” added Moyes.
“We even have helicopters on the training ground to bring him back. We thought we had a chance. But, he chose Real Madrid and he made a brilliant decision because he won four Champions Leagues. He’s had a brilliant career.”
Gareth Bale when he’s linked with Man United: "I can’t see myself at Manchester United."
Gareth Bale when he’s linked with Bayern Munich: https://t.co/VkTJKYjnTnpic.twitter.com/5AM7sV6bE5
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 25, 2018
#2 Sadio Mane
The Liverpool star has been a key part of their success since joining from Southampton in 2016. However, things could have been very different, as he revealed that he was close to joining Manchester United.
“They made an offer, but in the same week, Klopp called me. He said, ‘I think it’s the right club,’ Mane said in 2019.
“The right coach for me, and I think I’d better go to Liverpool. For me, it was a great time too. I said, ‘I’m going to Liverpool.’
“Back then, leaving Southampton, I saw a lot of clubs, but I thought Liverpool was the right club for me. I played against Liverpool, I played against Man City and Man United, and I scored a lot of goals against Liverpool when I was at Southampton, but I still think this club is my club!”
Mane has scored over 100 goals for Liverpool since Klopp’s signing, so it’s safe to say that Man United fell short with this one.
#3 Dimitri Payet
Dimitri Payet was the king of East London during his magical career at West Ham United but he was forced to move in January 2017 which instantly ruined his legacy to eventually rejoin Olympique Marseille.
Manchester United came to the extremely talented playmaker when the player made a transfer request, but Jose Mourinho’s team were unable to land the Frenchman.
“I’m not someone who lives with regrets. I made the choice that was best for my football career and family, so I decided to return to Marseille,” Payet recently told RMC Sport.
“There are other clubs, big clubs. There’s Manchester United and others. It is a personal and family choice. I think it’s best for me and my family.”
The 35-year-old is still playing in Europe, and could certainly provide a quality boost for Man United for a while.