Jeremy Menez: My parents rejected Manchester United move at 16

by Ben Topliss

AC Milan forward Jeremy Menez has revealed Manchester United approached him when he was 16 about a move to Old Trafford.

The Frenchman began his career with various teams such as Centre de Formation de Paris and CSF Bretigny before sealing a move to Sochaux in 2001.

Menez spent four years with the club’s youth academy before Man United and Sir Alex Ferguson came calling.

The club offered Menez a trial in England but his parents declined the offer and instead wanted him to stay in France for his education. However, the former Paris Saint-Germain forward said it was a difficult decision to make as the offer “excited” him.

Speaking about the potential move, Menez said: “When I was 16, Sir Alex Ferguson wanted me at United. I was excited about this possible adventure as I dreamed of playing at Old Trafford.

“But in the end, my parents decided to decline the offer, preferring that I concentrate on my education.”

Menez is not the only talented youngster United have missed out on with bids for the likes of Gareth Bale falling by the wayside.

Perhaps the biggest miss from United’s point of view will be Paul Pogba. The Frenchman joined the club as a youngster from Le Havre but a lack of game time meant he left on a free to Juventus in 2012. Since moving to the Italian giants, Pogba has gone on to become one of the world’s best midfielders.

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