Manchester United failed with an approach for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as they sought a replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2002, according to a report on Sunday.
The tentative enquiry for the Frenchman was made when Fergie first planned to retire in 2002, according to an exclusive in the Daily Star Sunday. They claim the approach from Old Trafford was rebuffed by Wenger, who was adamant he would not be leaving Arsenal.
Ferguson made his decision to quit public the previous summer before changing his mind in February 2002.
But on his 20th anniversary as Arsenal boss we can reveal that United inquired about snatching him away.
Earlier this month, Wenger confirmed he had snubbed three approaches from Paris Saint-Germain for his services out of “loyalty” to Arsenal.
It is understood he also gave little consideration to the United offer and went on to land the Premier League crown again that season, finishing 10 points clear of third-placed United.
Former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood said he was ‘unaware’ of United’s attempt and added: “I don’t think Arsene has ever been tempted.”