Bixente Lizarazu captained France to victory in the 1998 World Cup, along with the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Fabien Barthez or Emmanuel Petit.
The left-back, born in the Basque region of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign him for Manchester United, but his club at the time, Bayern Munich, slammed the door shut on any potential deal.
‘I had the chance, I think in about 2001 or 2002, to go to Manchester United, but it stopped very quickly as Bayern Munich said no’, Lizarazu told FourFourTwo.
A strong and talented full-back, he went on to win the Champions League with the Bavarians, but it could have been a different story. ‘Alex Ferguson was keen to sign me and United had talks with Bayern, but Bayern said there was no question that I’d be leaving and so I was staying with them’, Lizarazu reminisced.
Ferguson pursued the Frenchman, but he was unsuccessful in signing the defender. ‘I was very happy in Munich, but Manchester United did try’, he admitted.