Alan Shearer has revealed he was a phone call away from joining Manchester United in 1992.
The former England skipper decided to leave Southampton that year and eventually joined Blackburn Rovers in a record £3.5m deal.
He went on to win the 1994-95 Premier League title with Rovers under Kenny Dalglish before moving to home-town club Newcastle United for £15m.
However, Shearer explained that his career could have gone very differently if Man United had followed up their interest with a return phone call.
Speaking about United, Shearer said: “After talks [with Dalglish] I went back home and had a call from someone at Manchester United.
“They were interested, they wanted to sign me. I said ‘I’ve promised Kenny I’d give him an answer within two or three days, I intend to do that. I would love to have talks with you.
“I never had a phone call back from Manchester United, so it was never an option.”
The prospect of Shearer lining up with Eric Cantona would have been a mouthwatering one for United fans but football is full of ifs and buts. After all, Andy Cole turned out to be a decent alternative didn’t he?
Shearer eventually went on to become both Newcastle and the Premier League’s highest ever goalscorer but he never really won the trophies his talent deserved. If he had come to United, he may well have ended up as one of the country’s most decorated players.