Wenger was United number choice to replace Ferguson – ex chairman
Arsene Wenger may have be in charge of Manchester United since the start of 2003-03
Red Devils ex-chairman Martin Edwards has revealed Wenger interest
Revealed that Wenger was firat choice to replace Scot before Alex Ferguson changed of mind
Former Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards has revealed that Arsene Wenger may have be in charge of the Old Trafford since the start of 2002-03.
And that Alex Ferguson has previously decided to retire at the end of 2001-02 season, and his first choice was Wenger before the changed his mind.
Edwards claims he met with the Frenchman to discuss the role have been giving the indication there was some attraction from the Arsenal boss.
Then Ferguson decided to extend his contract at Man United.
In his forth-coming book .Red Glory Manchester United And Me , he said: “Our first choice was Arsene. We thought he was the best candidate to replace Alex. Certainly he was my number-1 choice.
“So we made our approach and Wenger did show a little bit of interest, enough to want to meet Peter Kenyon (chief executive) and me at his house in London to listen to what we had to say. ”
Wenger was United first choice to replace Ferguson in the start of 2002-03 season
The 67-year-old insisted his nor seeing leaving the Emirates and he’s not tempted by Edwards.
“I am always confidential. Maybe one day I will get all the contacts I had during my stay at Arsenal and it make a few chapters, but you should ask Martin Edward.” Wenger said.
“No (I wasn’t tempted by Man United) because I was always happy here. More than people were happy with me. I was always happy. “
When asked why he rejected opportunity to coach United he pointed at the progress he has made since 1996.
“Because I love the values of this club. For me, a club is about value first and as well because I know what have changed. One day it will be a good chat to have with the press to look at the evolution. … A lot has changed, but when I came here this club was about values that I love I sport and that’s why I’m still in the competition.
“So I will always question myself. Yes, of course Man Utd is attractive. But am I happy here? The answer is yes.” Wenger added.
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