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Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski has revealed that he had talks with Alex Ferguson about a move to Manchester United in 2012.
The Polish international was regularly linked to a trade to Old Trafford while at Borussia Dortmund, where he spent four trophy-laden seasons.
However, a transfer did not materialize and instead he joined Dortmund’s national rivals Bayern on a free transfer in 2014.
He has scored an incredible 266 goals in 307 appearances for Bayern and was the leading scorer in each of the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League last season when the Bavarian giants won an impressive hat-trick.
Lewandowski was recognized last week for his form over the past year as FIFA’s Best Male Player for 2020, but his career could have taken a different route if BVB had not blocked a Premier League trade, he says.
“After my second year in Dortmund, I had a conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson,” Lewandowski told France Football. “I wanted him to come to Manchester.
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“He was very interested. I can even say it was ready. But Dortmund didn’t want to let me go. It didn’t bother me more than that because things were going well with Borussia ”.
Ferguson instead signed Robin van Persie from Arsenal before the 2012-13 campaign and helped United win the Premier League title in the legendary manager’s final season.