Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez has revealed that he would have preferred a move to Manchester United over their Premier League rivals Liverpool.
Xavi spent more than two decades at Barcelona, coming through the ranks before becoming a mainstay in the first-team.
Xavi was an integral part of the squad that beat Man United in two Champions League finals, in 2009 and 2011.
It never seemed as if the Spaniard would ever leave his boyhood club, until he left to join Al Sadd in Qatar this summer. Xavi is a true one-club man and there was most probably never a possibility of him moving away from Barcelona during his peak years. However, it is still good to hear he would have picked United over Liverpool.
When asked if he had to pick one club to join, Xavi said: “A team with history. Either Manchester United or Liverpool. I know that other teams like Man City have emerged more recently but Manchester United are my favourite historically speaking.”
The 35-year-old was world-class in his prime, becoming one of the best midfielders in the world while helping Barcelona win trophy after trophy.
His comments will have United fans thinking ‘what could have been,’ and a midfield of Xavi and Paul Scholes really would have been the stuff of dreams.