How Manchester United legend Ferguson turned down a move to Chelsea

During the twilight of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United career, Chelsea were the biggest threat to his dominance of the Premier League.

After losing out to that Sergio Aguero moment in his penultimate season, Ferguson put Manchester City in their place during his final campaign, leading United to their 20th title, cantering to victory with a 12-point lead.

But since Roman Abramovich took over at Chelsea in 2003, the Blues have been Premier League champions four times, with Jose Mourinho breaking United’s stranglehold on England’s top tier.

But it all could have been so different for Ferguson, who admitted to turning down Abramovich when the Russian tycoon sent a third party to feel the great Scot out for a job in west London.

But Ferguson, who spent 27 years in Manchester, barely batted an eye when he turned the club down.

Talking to Charlie Rose, he addressed Chelsea’s chopping and changing of managers.

He said:

They [Chelsea] keep changing the coach, you know. And that works for them, it works for them in terms of keep winning. But you look at the long-term situation, you’d worry about that.

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In the last few years they’ve been our main competitor.

When Ferguson is asked by Rose whether Chelsea had approached him, the former Aberdeen boss admitted Abramovich had been in touch, but any pursuit was instantly batted back.

He used an agent when he first came to approach me and I said, ‘no, no. No chance.

Imagine what Ferguson could have achieved with those resources. To be fair, his CV isn’t looking too shabby having stayed at United.

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