10 World Class Footballers Who Rejected Transfer Moves to Manchester United

Manchester United are among a few football clubs that many word-class players would gladly join with a snap of the finger.

However, despite the club’s prestigious status, the Red Devils have previously been rejected by top players who turned down potential moves to Old Trafford.

According to the Daily Star, Juventus ace Matthijs de Ligt is the latest footballer to decline a switch to the Premier League with United. 

But he will not be the only one to reject the Red Devils, with Toni Kroos and Ronaldinho among some of the top players who never donned a United shirt despite strong links to the club.

Below are the top 10 footballers who turned down Old Trafford moves:

10. Gareth Bale

After shooting to prominence at Tottenham Hotspur, Gareth Bale was linked with a move to Man United in 2013.

CHECK THIS:  Football Fans Begs Elon Musk To Buy Man Utd Instead Of Twitter & Spend £2B On Transfers

However, the Welshman opted to move to the La Liga with Real Madrid where he has spent seven years.

Bale will soon become a free agent after cutting ties with Real Madrid and could afford United a chance to finally sign him.

9. Thiago Alcantara

Thiago Alcantara was on Man United’s radar during David Moyes’ tenure at the club. At the time, the midfielder was turning out for Barcelona and opted to join Bayern Munich instead.

8. Sergio Ramos

The Real Madrid legend was on the verge of leaving Santiago Bernabeu in 2015, with United emerging as firm favourites to sign him.

However, the Spaniard ended up penning a new five-year deal with Los Blancos.

7. N’Golo Kante

The France international was wanted by Jose Mourinho at the Theatre of Dreams in 2016. However, Chelsea beat United to the signing of the World Cup-winning star.

6. Cesc Fabregas

David Moyes openly expressed a desire to sign the Arsenal icon after he had fallen down the pecking order at Barcelona.

CHECK THIS:  Asante Kotoko ordered to pay $36k in 6 days or face GFA’s wrath

The Spaniard opted to fight for his place at the Camp Nou before he moved to Stamford Bridge a year later.

5. Alan Shearer

The Newcastle United legend was a top target for Sir Alex Ferguson during Man United’s glory days.

Incredibly, the Englishman chose to stay at St. James Park and turned his back on Fergie.

4. Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata revealed back in 2017 that Man United had expressed interest in signing him. The Spaniard eventually joined rivals, Chelsea, where he endured a torrid spell before he moved to Atletico Madrid. 

3. Toni Kroos

Man United came close to signing the German midfielder under David Moyes. However, the Red Devils were unable to get the deal over the line, with Kroos eventually moving to Real Madrid.

CHECK THIS:  Top 5 Best Penalty Takers In La Liga History

2. Ronaldinho

Sir Alex Ferguson was a huge admirer of the Brazil football icon. However, Ronaldinho ended up swapping Paris Saint-Germain for Barcelona.

He later had stints with AC Milan and Flamengo.

1. Erling Haaland 

And finally in the top 10 list is Erling Haaland. The Norwegian was linked with a move to Old Trafford during his spell at RB Salzburg.

However, the forward moved to Borussia Dortmund instead and has since joined Man City, United’s arch-rivals.


Tandoh Enoch is a Social Media Manager, Website Developer and Designer, Blogger, Content Writer and an IT Consultant . He is a creator and editor at, an online digital platform focusing on Credible and Timely news in Ghana and worldwide.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button