‘Manchester United were not the Manchester United of four or five years later’: Gary Lineker explains why he didn’t move to Old Trafford in 1989 before signing for Tottenham
- Gary Lineker enjoyed a stellar career for the Leicester, Everton and Tottenham
- He also played for Spanish giants Barcelona from Everton back in 1986
- However, he had the opportunity to play for Manchester United after that
Former England striker Gary Lineker has revealed why he didn’t join Manchester United despite twice nearly signing for them.
Lineker enjoyed a stellar career for English clubs Leicester, Everton and Tottenham, as well as Spanish giants Barcelona.
But he could have actually joined English powerhouse United back in both 1985 and 1989. And he has now explained why he didn’t move to Old Trafford from Barcelona in the second instance.
Gary Lineker has revealed why he didn’t join Manchester United before moving to Tottenham
Premier League (x2): 1992-93, 1993-94
FA Cup (x2): 1989-90, 1993-94
League Cup: 1991-92
UEFA Super Cup: 1990-91
European Cup Winners’ Cup: 1990-91
Charity Shield: 1993
‘Right at the 11th hour it suddenly appeared that Spurs might not be able to do the deal, financially,’ Lineker told FourFourTwo.
‘That’s when my agent spoke with Alex Ferguson, who was keen to take me to Old Trafford.
‘It was close to being done, but then Tottenham came back and said they could do it. You have to remember that the Manchester United of 1989 weren’t the Manchester United of four or five years later.’
Then during an exchange on Twitter, one supporter asked Lineker if he had come close to joining United previously when former manager Ron Atkinson had been interested in signing him in 1985.
The 58-year-old replied: ‘No, I wanted to go to Everton and I did. Important to remember that @ManUtd were very average at the time and Everton were champions.’
Lineker went on to win just one FA Cup at White Hart Lane before United set off on their journey of greatness.
Former England striker Lineker left Spanish giants Barcelona for Tottenham back in 1989
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