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Arsene Wenger was made a very surprising offer by Man United when Alex Ferguson was planning on retiring

Published 01/10/2016 | 22:55

Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson
Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013 prompted a slide for Man United that they have yet to fully emerge from, but it is interesting to speculate as to what would have befell the club had the Scot followed through on his initial plan to step aside in 2002.

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Ferguson originally wanted to retire after the 2001/02 season, only to rethink his plans after Arsenal won the Premier League title.

It is just as well for United that he did, because the club added six league crowns and a European Cup in the 10 plus years after that - although the Red Devils reportedly made a bold approach for a replacement for Ferguson.

The Star is reporting that United made a 'tentative approach' to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to gauge his interest in replacing his rival in the Old Trafford dugout.

It is thought that since Arsenal were at their peak, Wenger didn't consider the offer seriously, and the Gunners subsequently went on to win the Premier League title in 2004 after going an entire campaign without losing a game.

Wenger recently celebrated the 20 year anniversary of his appointment as Arsenal manager.

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