German Legend "Regrets" Not Leaving Bayern For United
Legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has revealed that he regrets not joining Manchester United.
According to the German, who played against United numerous times – most notably in the 1999 Champions League Final – he had the opportunity to move to Old Trafford after it was clear that trying Fabien Barthez in the role wasn’t working out.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Tim Howard and Roy Carroll who shared responsibilities in goal after Barthez’s stint and it wasn’t until Edwin van der Sar arrived in 2006 that the club had stability in that position again.
The story goes that Ferguson had been keen on Van Der Sar for some time but Kahn’s account is not only that he had the chance to go to United, but that the legendary boss is still angry with him about it. “Alex Ferguson is still at odds with me,” Kahn told Bild. “He was convinced I’d join Manchester United in 2003 or 2004, but building an era at Bayern was more important to me. Looking back, I believe that I should have done it back then. It would have been one last big challenge for me.”